Hockney, Printmaker

Richard Lloyd

ISBN: 978 1 85759 893 3
Size: 280 x 240 mm / 9.5 x 11 in.
Binding: paperback
Pages: 160
Images: 165

UK £25 / US $39.95


  • Marks 60 years of Hockney's fruitful career as a printmaker
  • Published to accompany the Hockney, Printmaker exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery from February 5 to May 11, 2014


In 1954, a sixteen-year-old student at the Bradford College of Art opted to study lithography as part of the National Diploma in Design. His first effort, a small self-portrait printed only in a handful of impressions, marks the beginning of one of the longest and most diverse careers in modern printmaking. By turns traditional and groundbreaking, over six decades David Hockney has created graphic works of great wit, beauty and intellectual complexity.

Hockney, Printmaker features over 150 works, from etchings executed at the Royal College of Art in the 1960s, to experiments with printed computer drawings some fifty years later, via portraits, pools, poetry, Xeroxes and investigations into multi-point perspective. Written by Richard Lloyd, head of prints at Christie’s, with contributions from Hockney’s friends and associates, it explores the many achievements of Britain’s greatest living practitioner of the graphic arts.


Richard Lloyd is International Head of Prints at Christie's auctioneers.


"This joyous show of his 60-year printmaking career reminds us that, for all his grumbles lately, David Hockney has been one of Britain's great artists… This retrospective charts his remarkable printmaking career to date… Prepare yourself for queues half-way up Herne Hill – but I promise you, this show will be worth it."
The Telegraph (London)

"The art star's star will be even higher after this exhibition."
Mark Lawson, 'Front Row', BBC Radio 4

"Hail to the prints: the first ever Hockney prints show"
The Guardian

"The highlights are many in this impressive exhibition which explores David Hockney's printmaking over more than 50 years… For David Hockney, printmaking is far from the sideline it is for many artists. Just as he tackles painting with a deep knowledge yet healthy irreverence, so his etchings and lithographs are ambitious, intellectually questioning and often highly original."
Evening Standard (London)

" Truly a once in a lifetime treat for any Hockney fanatic."