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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.