Hockney: Printmaker

The Bowes Museum

7 June – 28 September 2014

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Timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the artist’s first print.

Concentrating on Hockney's two main print techniques - etching and lithography - the show charts his 60 year graphic career, from his first work to his most recent in 1998.

It was a career furthered almost by accident when he discovered that the printmaking department at London’s Royal College of Art gave out free materials; a boon for the impoverished, working class student.

It includes some of his most well known pieces, such as A Rake's Progress and Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, as well as portraits of his famous sitters and friends.

Also on display are Hockney's homemade prints, devised in the early 1990s using photocopiers, and examples of his computer drawings – a prelude to the iPad works.

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Hockney's renowned sitters include Henry Geldzahler and longtime muse Celia Birtwell. Complete sets of work shown together in the display are The Weather Series and A Hollywood Collection.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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