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DAVID HOCKNEY Great Britain 1937   "Swimming Pool"

David HOCKNEY Great Britain

“Lithograph of Water Made of Thick and Thin Lines

and a Light Blue Wash and a Dark Blue Wash”

Tyler Graphics New York State 1978-80

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When David Hockney emigrated to California, Los Angeles in the early 1960's he captured the coolness of its culture and landscape and started his well-documented love affair with swimming pools. His work developed an entirely new naturalistic dimension fuelled by the sea, sun, colours and a certain form of luxury. The Californian swimming pool remained one of his main painting themes ever since. His paintings in the pool are like commas or slugs. They don't look like much when the pool is empty, but as soon as the water becomes agitated by the body of a swimmer, it looks like a whole world is appearing in the water. The lines start dancing in unison with the water and seem to follow the swimmer. In the aptly named 1980 lithograph, “Lithograph of Water Made of Thick and Thin Lines and a Light Blue Wash and a Dark Blue Wash”, Hockney approaches his usual theme with the initial child-like wonder he had when first arriving in California by employing simple colors and doodle-like squiggles.  This particular Hockney oeuvre continues to inspire viewers to fantasize about the idyllic, easy-going California way of living.