French Shop is an etching with aquatint in black and red, 1971, on wove paper, signed and dated in pencil, numbered 119/500 (there were also sixty proofs numbered in Roman numerals), published by the Observer, London. This print was purchased in November 1971 for £25 and has been with the same owner since then. Unfortunately the paper was cropped to fit the frame but the image is complete and the signature and edition number are still visible. There are a couple of slight creases in the paper but otherwise it is in fair condition given the modifications.
David Hockney was born 9 July 1937 in Bradford and is arguably one of the best know painters of his generation. He enrolled in the Bradford College of Art and began painting with oils, his medium of choice for most of his life. Hockney learned that painting was a process of seeing and thinking, rather than one of imitation. He graduated with honors and then enrolled in the Painting School of the Royal College in London two years later, where he would gain national attention as an artist.
Throughout the 60’s David’s art career grew and grew. Always absorbed in his work, he drew, painted and etched for long hours each day, had many exhibitions and won scholarships – one of which led him to the USA. In 1963 Hockney visited New York, making contact with Andy Warhol. A later visit to California, where he lived for many years, inspired Hockney to make a series of paintings of swimming pools in Los Angeles, using the comparatively new Acrylic medium and rendered in a highly realistic style using vibrant colours. He also made prints, portraits of friends, and stage designs for the Royal Court Theatre, Glyndebourne, La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. It was during this time the most prestigious galleries across the world have devoted countless shows to his extraordinary work.
These days David spends much of his time in the north of England and his paintings of the East Yorkshire landscape are admired world wide.