David Hockney: prints
Presented by Araluen Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Australia
‘I love new mediums. I think mediums can turn you on, they can excite you; they always let you do something in a different way, even if you take the same subject, if you draw it in a different way, or if you are forced to simplify it, to make it bold because it is too finicky, I like that.’
David Hockney has been a towering figure on the international art scene for half a century, and he is among the most experimental in embracing new art forms and technologies. The National Gallery of Australia’s touring exhibition David Hockney: prints is a stunning survey, exploring the broad history of his printmaking practice through key works from their extensive collection, one of the largest in the world. This exhibition illuminates Hockney’s great experiments and glorious lack of inhibition when approaching printmaking over the decades, his use of lithography and etching, photocopiers and fax machines, and – most recently – iPhones and iPads, expanding the possibilities of the medium as we understand it today.