Red, Blue and Green Flowers, 1986
Homemade print in two parts on 120g Arches rag paper. Executed on an office colour copy machine.
28 x 8 1/2 inches
Edition 23/59, signed, numbered and dated by the artist
David Hockney's investigation into the newly invented technology of colour photocopying in 1986, which resulted in the series Home Made Prints, typifies the artist's restless drive and skill in invention over 6 decades. Hockney, fascinated by the new devices, deconstructed the multi-colour printing capability of these office "cameras", and created a series of works, each made by the artist himself with no proofs. Puzzled by the flatness of colour photocopies generated by the early xerox machines, he set out to see if they could be improved upon and soon realized that the colours sharpened if printed one coloured layer at a time. He demonstrated that prints made from these machines with care, attention and an enquiring skill are vastly superior to their products which used as intended, i.e. to make a coloured copy in one single pass. This demonstration, and this typical mode of inquiry, defines completely what makes Hockney one of the greatest artists working today.