|Each month Rare Posters Inc. offers bespoke research and analysis on the most valuable and collectable contemporary artists of today. These valuations offer a snapshot view into the trends of today’s art market and can help art lovers build valuable asset and investment portfolios with the art they love. This May, Rare Posters Inc covers the American artist David Hockney (b. 1937).
British artist David Hockney is associated with the Pop Art movement and renowned for his intimate portraits and naturalistic scenes of California. Over the decades Hockney has worked in depth on various series and mediums, from polaroids, to print, to painting and set design. Hockney has loved painting the brightly lit landscapes of California in plein air, but has also produced his sunny sceneries through high quality techniques of printing and etching. Throughout his career Hockney has enjoyed playing with technology and putting it to purpose. In very recent years, the boundary-pushing Hockney has evolved to creating works of art with technological tools such as iPad’s drawing tool. These 300 works were displayed in a 2013 exhibit at the De Young museum called A Bigger Exhibition.
Hockney's work belongs to numerous high-ranking collections including The Museum of Fine Art in Boston, The National Portrait Gallery of London, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, The New York MoMA and M.E.T., The Los Angeles County Museum, The Smithsonian Museum of Art and the Getty Museum of Art. In 2012, Hockney, was already worth an estimated $55.2 million.
Known for his confidence as a graphic artist, Hockney’s original (exhibition) posters, many never reprinted, have become highly sought-after by collectors of contemporary fine art prints. Many of his iconic images have significantly amplified in price over the past decade and a half. Between 1997 and 2013 poster prices rose significantly: Pool Steps went from $30 to $350, A Bigger Canyon from $22 to $250, Day Pool with Three Blues from $22 to $600, Olympic Games Munich from $20 to $800, Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games from $15 to $250, Gregory Evans (signed) from $100 to $1500, Two Dancers from $25 to $125, Views of the Hotel Well from $30 to $75. A large limited edition print by Hockney, such as Triple Bill Poster (80x41) 1982, can rise in value all the way to $3,600. Serigraphs and Lithographs can be found for values even far beyond that.