26th Feb, 2022 12:00 GMT/BST

Line, Colour and Form, A Private Collection

  Lot 2081


David Hockney OM, CH, RA (b.1937)
"Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy”
Signed and dated (19)76, numbered 67/96, lithograph, 71cm by 94cm

Provenance: Jonathan Silver Collection, Salts Mill, Yorkshire

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in 1937, David Hockney is one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. A painter, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, Hockney’s many talents have earned him world-wide recognition.

Hockney studied at the Royal College of Art in London, during which time he was a part of the Young Contemporaries exhibition, which declared the arrival of the British Pop Art movement. He was just 26 when he had his first solo exhibition in 1963 and went onto exhibit in over 400 solo exhibitions and 500 group exhibitions, including a major show at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2006 in which over 150 works created over five decades were exhibited. Hockney has been awarded multiple awards throughout his life, beginning with the John Moores Painting Prize in 1967. He has been a Royal Academician since 1985 and in 2012 he was appointed to The Order of Merit for his contribution to the arts and sciences.

Throughout his long career Hockney has experimented with a variety of mediums, from traditional painting and printmaking to the use of fax machines and iPads, capturing a wide range of subject matter. He is perhaps most widely recognised for photo collages and a series of paintings of swimming pools he created following a move to Los Angeles in 1964, inspired by vibrant Californian colour and light. Portraiture has been a constant throughout his career, capturing the most important figures in his life and incorporating personal elements of both his life and his sitters’.

The sheer variety of subject and media which he has explored throughout his career, executed with wit, charm and panache, has enabled him to create striking forms and intriguing concepts that have inspired legions of admirers.

Sold for £9,000
Estimated at £6,000 - £8,000


Float mounted and has a deckled edge. Some light surface dirt and the odd thunder fly trapped under the glass - mostly contained to the mount. Slight cockling to paper. Small areas of oxidization to the small sections of the outer edges where the paper has been hinged, e.g, one area approximately 1cm in size, lower left, one within the carpet, left of centre bottom edge, one below the Y of the signature, two to the top edge and three to the right edge. Slight crease upper right through the line approximately 6cm in length. The very odd minor sporadic tiny brown spot - may be by design or may be foxing, e.g, one to the left of the blind above the man's shoulder left side, one to the collar of the right man's dressing gown and one under the left figure's feet. Tiny nick to the paper bottom edge, right of centre, may be by design/part of the deckled edge and one to centre of right edge, also may be by design. Otherwise in good overall condition. Not examined out of the frame.


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Auction: Line, Colour and Form, A Private Collection, 26th Feb, 2022

A Private Collection of mid to late 20th century paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture are being sold in the single-owner sale Line, Colour and Form at Tennants Auctioneers on 26th February. Thoughtfully put together over the course of thirty years by collectors in the North East of England, the 125 lot collection is unified by a love of line, colour and form.

Each piece in the collection has been carefully selected, the discerning eye of the collectors’ choosing pieces on their artistic merit rather than by collecting particular artists. This has resulted in a disparate yet harmonious collection that includes works both by internationally celebrated artists such as David Hockney and lesser-known local artists.


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Thursday 24 February 10am-4pm, Friday 25 February 10am-5pm and morning of sale from 8am

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