Bounce for BradfordDavid Hockney (b1937)
A limited edition colour photolithograph, reprinted from the ‘Telegraph & Argus’ Bradford, March 3 1987, signed in the plate by David Hockney and with additional newssheet featuring article on the making of the print and title page with its original selling price of 18p as sold at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1987!
Collections: The British Museum, MOMA
The story behind this now very famous image is summarised below.
Hockney’s A Bounce for Bradford picture, published by the T&A in March, 1987, was designed specifically in support of the Bradford’s Bouncing Back campaign. Based in Los Angeles, Hockney liked the idea of his hometown fighting back against hard times and its national reputation and was willing to lend his name to the campaign. The picture that Hockney designed perplexed some when it was published in the centre of a Bradford’s Bouncing Back supplement on March 3,1987. It was described by some as a croquet ball rattling between hoops. Others saw the picture as symbolic of Bradford’s attempt to rise above its worst modern disaster – the fire at Valley Parade. The fiery ball can be seen as an image for the sun, and the hoops a series of shadowed rainbows. The sale of prints of it at the Royal Academy reportedly came about as a result of an incident the previous year when Sir Roger de Grey, then-president of the RA, took a dislike to another Hockney print that had been purchased at the Academy for a five figure sum. Hockney got to hear of Sir Roger’s views and so in 1987 entered a print of his Bounce For Bradford for the summer exhibition. The public bought all the copies available. It was Hockney’s way of showing the establishment that he didn’t need to be told how to be successful. (Source: Telegraph & Argus)
The article on page 13 describes how this print is an original print produced by the T&A printing presses and not a reproduction. Hockney wrote “What happens when your presses put the plates together IS the piece. It is therefore not a reproduction in the normal sense at all”
Measurements: Size: 60 x 84 cm each sheet size, factory folded down the centre as issued
This work has now been sold