David Hockney is arguably
the best known painter of his generation,
having gained international success from
his mid-twenties. Throughout his long and
distinguished career he has enjoyed printmaking
and we are delighted to be able to offer
for sale the Grimm's Fairy Tales etchings
and other sought after prints.
Six Fairy Tales From The
Brothers Grimm, 1969
by Peter Webb (27 Jun 2003)
David Hockney had always
loved Grimm's Fairy Tales and had read all
220 of them. He also admired earlier illustrations
to them by Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac.
In 1969 he decided to make his own images.
He especially enjoyed the elements of magic
in the tales, and his images focus on his
imaginative response to the descriptions
in the text rather than attempting to concentrate
on the most important events in the narrative.
They are therefore more than simply illustrations:
they stand on their own as images, independent
of the stories.
DAVID HOCKNEY - Biographical Notes
David Hockney was born in Bradford, Yorkshire
in 1937 and attended Bradford School of
Art (1953-7) and Royal College of Art (1959-62),
where he was awarded a Gold Medal and the
Guinness Award for Etching.
Hockney spent time working
in London, Paris and California, before
finally settling in Los Angeles in 1977,
where the light had a marked influence on
his life. He held various teaching appointments
at the universities of Iowa, Colorado and
California, and was Slade Professor of Fine
Art , Cambridge
David Hockney won painting
prizes at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition,
1961 and 1967, to which he added major awards
in Paris, Craców, Stuttgart and New
York, for graphics and photography.
David Hockney's work is
held by the Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert
Museum, Arts Council, Art Institute of Chicago,
Los Angeles County Museum of Art and elsewhere.
He has had a continuous stream of one-man
shows around the world. David Hockney was
elected RA in 1991 and was made Companion
Honour in 1997.