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An original signed lithograph on handmade John Koller paper with deckle edges by English artist David Hockney (1937-) titled “Ann Combing Her Hair”, 1979. Hand pencil signed, dated, and numbered by Hockney lower right. Limited edition: 41/75. (There were also 15 artist’s proofs). Printed in two colors from two aluminum plates: black and transparent black from crayon and tusche. Printed by Charles Ritt and Anthony Zepeda of Gemini G.E.L. and published by Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles, CA. Collaboration and supervision: Serge Lozingot. Processing and proofing: Serge Lozingot and Anthony Zepeda. Gemini G.E.L. blindstamp/chopmark lower right. Gemini G.E.L. ink stamp and pencil inscribed work number “DH79-885” on verso lower left. Reference: catalogue raisonne – “David Hockney Prints 1954-1995″ (MOCA Tokyo) – No. 215, page 128; Gemini No. 830. Provenance: private collection – St. Louis, MO. Sheet size: 23.5″ x 31.5”. A crease upper left corner, a few faint foxmarks, remnants of old mounting tape on verso from previous framing. In otherwise very good condition with strong color. Rare.
Ann Upton (1941-2017) met David Hockney in 1960 and became his model in 1962. Ann’s eventual husband David Graves met Hockney at the opening night of ‘The Rake’s Progress’ at the Glyndebourne Opera, 1975, which Hockney designed. A practicing sculptor, David was working at the time as a paper restorer at Petersburg Press, with a studio opposite Hockney’s in London. By the late 1970s he was working as Hockney’s assistant, helping with stage sets and later with the preparation and editioning of Hockney’s composite photographs. He began to appear in Hockney’s drawings from 1982 or 1983. David and Ann met through Hockney as mutual friends and later while on holiday in Hawaii in May of 1983, decided to get married, Hockney being their wedding photographer. The couple and Hockney would continue to be lifelong friends and colleagues until Ann and David’s death in 2017 and 2019.