Dancing Flowers

David Hockney

David Hockney's investigation into the newly invented technology of photocopying in 1986, which resulted in the series Home Made Prints, typifies the artist's restless drive and skill in invention over 6 decades. Hockney, fascinated by the new devices, deconstructed the printing capability of these office "cameras", and created a series of works, each made by the artist himself with no proofs. Puzzled by the flatness of photocopies generated by the early xerox machines, he set out to see if they could be improved upon and soon realised that the textures sharpened if printed one layer at a time. He demonstrated that prints made from these machines with care, attention and an enquiring skill are vastly superior to their products when used as intended, i.e. to make a full copy in one single pass. This demonstration, and this typical mode of enquiry, defines completely what makes Hockney one of the greatest artists working today.

In May 2021 Sotheby's New York sold a complete set of 33 Home Made prints for a record price of $963,800.

A PRISTINE example of this rare print. Never before framed, the print has been kept in a print drawer for the entirety of its life, having fresh and bright inking precisely as printed.

David Hockney (b.1937)
Dancing Flowers
Home made print in six parts, on 120g Arches rag paper executed on an office colour copy machine
22 x 25 1/2 in : 55.9 x 64.8 cm
From the edition of 60, signed, numbered and dated by the artist
Printed by the artist
Published by the artist
David Hockney, Home Made Prints, Self-published catalogue to accompany the exhibition at Andre Emmerich's New York gallery, Zurich, 1986, no.22 (col. illus.)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles and Thames and Hudson, London, "David Hockney - A Retrospective" Exh. Cat, 1988, p.78 (illus.)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and Tankosha Publishing Co., Ltd., Publ., David Hockney Prints 1954-1995, 1996, cat. no. 307, p.167, (illus.)
David Hockney, Home Made Prints, Andre Emmerich, New York, 1986, no.22 (another example exhib.)
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