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Tick It, Tock It, Turn It True is an etching with aquatint from David Hockney’s popular The Blue Guitar series. Hockney was inspired to create this series after spending time with a printer that worked with Picasso - he was inspired by the Blue Guitar poem by Wallace Stevens.


This print shows a still life with the addition of a grid, an abstract figure possibly on a stage with a curtain that adds an intrigue and ambiguous element to this print, unlike some of his other Blue Guitar prints that have obvious nods to Picasso or the poem.  


Printed in New York and published in London in 1976-77, this deckle edged print is signed and numbered from the edition of 200 prints in pencil by Hockney. 


Measures 52.5 x 46 cm.


Unframed and stored flat.


David Hockney (born 1937) is one of the most influential 20th century British artists. He has explored a diverse range of techniques over the years including painting, printmaking, drawing, set design, videography, photography and digital art. He was an innovative printmaker with technology early in his career which has gained recent traction again drawing on his iPhone and iPad. Hockney explores everything from still life and domestic scenes to portraits and landscapes, whilst also addressing themes in his own life such as sexuality. Hockney’s style is iconic and recognisable with its warm feeling and lively, colourful palette. In 2018, Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) became the most expensive artwork by a living artist to be sold at auction when it sold in New York for $90 million. Hockney’s work is held in countless international collections and museums. 

David Hockney Tick It, Tock It, Turn It True

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