Published by: Enitharmon Editions, London in 2011
Image size: 40.6 x 28.9 cm (16.0 x 11.4in)
Sheet size: 55.9 x 43.2 cm (22.0 x 17.0 in)
Unsigned/signed: Signed, dated and numbered in pencil from a limited edition of 75 plus 25 hors commerce copies
Condition: Very Good
‘Rain on the Studio Window’ is striking illustration of Hockney’s manner of juxtaposing oversimplified line and colour with complex yet subtle textured patterns.
In creating this still life, Hockney’s choice of using an iPad reflects his integration of technology into his art, enabling him to colour-match tones more effectively. In the finished artwork, Hockney presents the viewer with an image that is closer to the perceived reality than if it had been captured with a camera.
This print was included in the 75 deluxe editions published by Limited edition injet Enitharmon Editions in 2012 to coincide with the Royal Academy’s exhibition of Hockney landscapes that year of their 2011 publication, My Yorkshire, a collection of Hockney landscapes of his beloved native county, along with an interview of the artist by the art historian Marco Livingstone.
This work will rank as a landmark creation in the long and versatile career of Hockney as, in all probability, it will be his last limited edition graphic, making it a must for all dedicated collectors of Hockney’s art-on-paper.
The publication itself is an inarticulated homage to Hockney’s long standing friendship with Stephen Stuart-Smith, the Managing Director of Enitharmon Editions and Marco Livingstone. (Their portraits by Hockney are included in the publication, Hockney’s People.)