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Islington Tribune - by EMMA REYNOLDS
Published: 27 March 2009
Gallery owner Mark Wilson
Your chance to own an ‘exceptional’ Hockney

RARE David Hockney prints go on sale today (Friday) at Cross Street Gallery in Islington.
The private art collection includes Richard, Jim and Felix – valued at around £10,000 – Hockney’s print of the three men tried for obscenities in Oz magazine in 1971.
The openly gay artist produced the semi-naked image of the defendants – who are the subject of upcoming Sienna Miller film Hippie Hippie Shake – to raise money for their trial.
Gallery owner Mark Wilson is selling more than 40 of the English artist’s limited-edition lithographs, etchings and prints, which cost between £650 and £12,500.
Hockney’s famous prints of dogs, swimming pools and Grimm’s Fairy Tales images are all on display until April 24, along with the original drawings for his Homage to Picasso.
Mr Wilson, who owns about half of the prints, said: “Hockney was an exceptional printmaker. A big thing with prints is that they tend to be affordable and these works have grown in value since the 1960s.”
There are only 30-100 of each print in existence, and they were made specifically for the print medium.
Cross Street Gallery sells art from the past 40 years and has had exhibitions of work by contemporary artists Bridget Riley, Patrick Caulfield and Peter Blake.
This is Mr Wilson’s second Hockney exhibition since he bought the gallery 10 years ago.
“Funnily enough, the first show I ever went to was by Hockney, at the Whitechapel Gallery around 1970,” he said.
“I was 15 years old and he seemed so groovy, with his thatch of blond hair and appearances in the front row of all
the televised rock concerts.
“He lived mostly in California and seemed to have an impossibly glamorous life.”

• The Hockney art sale takes place at Cross Street Gallery, 40 Cross Street, from until April 24, from 10am-6pm.

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