David Hockney, 30 Sunflowers, Oil on canvas, 182.9 x 182.9 cm, image courtesy of Sotheby’s
If it even need be said, David Hockney is amongst the few greatest artists of the second half of the 20th Century. And though often the most enthusiastic praise is reserved for his works from the ’60s and ’70s, he has never stopped being relevant.
To wit, this 1996 masterpiece 30 Sunflowers, which has recently and excitingly emerged at Sotheby’s after almost a decade off the market. Surely nodding to Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers, it perhaps represents the paradigm, turning-of-the-millennium modern still life.
“It is a singularly important masterpiece by one of the most established artists of our time,” offers Yuki Terase, Head of Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Asia. “Bringing it to Asia attests to Hong Kong’s status as a truly global platform for the contemporary genre; and having witnessed substantial interest in Hockney amongst Asian collectors in our international sale locations, this was a natural for us.”
30 Sunflowers will be on view at Sotheby’s London from February 7-11, before touring to Los Angeles, Jakarta and Taipei, and finally leading Sotheby’s Hong Kong Contemporary Art Evening Sale on April 6.