Gallery exhibition
David Hockney
Drawing in a Printing Machine
Installation photography, David Hockney, Drawing in a Printing Machine
Installation photography, David Hockney, Drawing in a Printing Machine
Installation photography, David Hockney, Drawing in a Printing Machine
Installation photography, David Hockney, Drawing in a Printing Machine
David Hockney<BR>
Winter Road Near Kilham, 2008<br>
      inkjet printed computer drawing on paper<br>
      48 1/2 x 37 in. (123.2 x 94 cm)<br>
      Private collection
David Hockney<BR>
Rainy Night on Bridlington Promenade, 2008<br>
      inkjet printed computer drawing on paper<br>
      46 x 32 in. (116.8 x 81.3 cm)<br>
      Private collection
David Hockney<BR>
Summer Sky, 2008<br>
      inkjet printed computer drawing on paper<br>
      34 1/4 x 45 1/2 in. (87 x 115.6 cm)<br>
      Private collection
David Hockney<BR>
Kilham with Church, 2008<br>
      inkjet printed computer drawing on paper<br>
      40 3/4 x 34 in. (103.5 x 86.4 cm)<br>
      Private collection
David Hockney<BR>
Summer Road Near Kilham, 2008<br>
      inkjet printed computer drawing on paper<br>
      48 1/4 x 37 in. (122.6 x 94 cm)<br>
      Private collection
David Hockney<BR>
Cardigan Road, Brid., 2008<br>
      inkjet printed computer drawing on paper<br>
      44 3/4 x 32 in. (113.7 x 81.3 cm)<br>
      Private collection
David Hockney<BR>
Green Valley, 2008<br>
      inkjet printed computer drawing on paper<br>
      35 x 46 1/2 in. (88.9 x 118.1 cm)<br>
      Private collection
David Hockney<BR>
Autumn Leaves, 2008<br>
      inkjet printed computer drawing on paper<br>
      35 x 46 1/2 in. (88.9 x 118.1 cm)<br>
      Private collection
David Hockney<BR>
Autumn Trees Near Thixendale, 28 October 2008, 2008<br>
      inkjet printed computer drawing on paper<br>
      35 x 84 1/8 in. (88.9 x 213.7 cm)<br>
      Private collection
26 Feb 2009 - 28 Mar 2009

artist profile

press release


Selected article

Ruiz, Cristina. "David Hockney swaps oils for pixels."
The Sunday Times, 22 March 2009.
full article, PDF


The computer is a useful tool. Photoshop is a computer tool for picture making. It in effect allows you to draw directly in a printing machine, one of its many uses. One draws with the colours the printing machine has, and the printing machine is one anyone can have. They are now superior to any other kind of printing, but because its very slow, of limited commercial appeal.

I used to think the computer was too slow for a draughtsman. You had finished a line, and the computer was 15 seconds later, an absurd position for someone drawing, but things have improved, and it now enables one to draw very freely and fast with colour.

There are advantages and disadvantages to anything new in mediums for artists, but the speed allowed here with colour is something new, swapping brushes in the hand with oil or watercolour takes time.

These prints are made by drawing and collage, they exist either in the computer or on a piece of paper, they were made for printing, and so will be printed. They are not photographic reproductions.

My idea is to make 25 in one size and 7 of some in a large size.

-David Hockney
18 November 2008


The computer is a useful tool. Photoshop is a computer tool for picture making. It in effect allows you to draw directly in a printing machine, one of its many uses. One draws with the colours the printing machine has, and the printing machine is one anyone can have. They are now superior to any other kind of printing, but because its very slow, of limited commercial appeal.

I used to think the computer was too slow for a draughtsman. You had finished a line, and the computer was 15 seconds later, an absurd position for someone drawing, but things have improved, and it now enables one to draw very freely and fast with colour.

There are advantages and disadvantages to anything new in mediums for artists, but the speed allowed here with colour is something new, swapping brushes in the hand with oil or watercolour takes time.

These prints are made by drawing and collage, they exist either in the computer or on a piece of paper, they were made for printing, and so will be printed. They are not photographic reproductions.

My idea is to make 25 in one size and 7 of some in a large size.

-David Hockney, 18 November 2008
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