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David Hockney. Born 1937.

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Lightning. 1973. 4-color lithograph and screenprint. Scottish Arts Council 139; M.C.A.T. 130. Edition 98, #81 (there were also 26 artist's proofs). 30 3/4 x 25 1/4 (sheet 38 3/4 x 31 1/4). The Weather Series. Printed on the full sheet of Arjomari paper. Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, with their blindstamps and inkstamp on the verso. Signed, dated and numbered in red crayon; titled in blue crayon. $26,000.

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David Hockney first visited California in 1964 and worked there from time to time until he decided in 1978 to settle there permanently. In 1965 he worked on A Hollywood Collection, a suite of prints, with master printer Ken Tyler, who ran the printmaking studio Gemini GEL. Although he made other prints with Gemini in the years between 1965 and 1973, The Weather Series was the second major suite made there. In Hockney's 1973 Weather Series, the artist was inspired by "the idea of the rain as it hit the ink [and] it would make the ink run. The moment I thought of the idea I couldn't resist it." It is in part inspired by the representation of weather in Japanese prints.

The artist explored the theme of lightning in 3 lithographs. This is the largest and most impressive.

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