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60 Years of Prints
'Self Portrait' by David Hockney, 1954
Printmaker, David Hockney produced his first print sixty years ago, and has been active ever since. You can get a lot of work done in sixty years, more than can possibly fit in a single space and be studied in just a few months. It is therefore sometimes best to focus on a sample. It must have been a difficult choice for the Dulwich Picture Gallery to decide which work best represents the 76 year old's career, but after careful examination, they have selected a hundred prints to display between 5th February - 11th March.
Tickets to Hockney: Printmaker are £11 for adults, £10 seniors, and £6 concessions. The exhibition reveals the thought and technical expertise underling the artist's career.
Hockney's first print was a self portrait, which he modelled on another great artist called Sir Stanley Spencer (1891 1959). As well as his own portrait, he also painted his family and friends. Hockney's two main printing techniques were etching and lithographs, which are explores in works such as A Rake's Progress (1961-63) and Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (1969).
On the 6th February the curator, Richard Lloyd will give a lecture at 12.30pm. There will also be a lecture on the 9th March at 11am, studying Hockney's early works. Both are £12 to book by calling 020 8299 8732.
If you are interested in learning how to make your own prints, there will be an etching course between the 9th - 16th March. Create an edition of black and white prints, inspired by Hockney's illustrative and still life etchings. It includes a visit to the exhibit to study his work.