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This lithograph, (created using two sheets) from Hockney’s Moving Focus Series, depicts a view from the veranda of the Hotel Romano Angeles in Acatlan, Mexico. In 1984 while in Mexico, Hockney’s travels were put on hold when his car broke down and he sought refuge for an unexpected two weeks in this Hotel. In the lower right hand corner of the image, Hockney sits at a table, looking out onto the hotel’s courtyard. While the shape of the veranda in reality is more of a square, Hockney brilliantly creates motion and a sense of the passing of time by making the veranda stretch in a circular formation. The scene seems to spin round and round, as if we are actually witnessing his two-week stay fly by in a flurry of light and color.

An important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, David Hockney (b. 1937) is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. Celebrated for his 1960s series featuring Los Angeles swimming pools and their denizens, Hockney paints in a bright and deliberately naïve style, drawing his subject matter from popular culture. A follower of artist Kitaj early in his career, Hockney’s first mature works were narratives, painted in an almost childlike manner with flat areas of space complementing fine lines and expressionist details. Moving to California inspired him to produce the simplified archaic forms in the bright California palette for which he is now best known. There was no better place than the California swimming pools set against the L.A. skyline for Hockney to explore the glossy surface of American popular culture. Later, Hockney turned to a more naturalistic manner of painting, creating numerous portraits of his popular contemporaries.

Hockney’s works have been featured in over five hundreds exhibitions worldwide, notably at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2009); the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England (2009); and the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2008). David Hockney is currently based in California and the UK.

Selected Public Collections:
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

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  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 37 x 82.25 in. (93.98 x 208.92 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi
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