The Berger Collection

David Hockney (b. 1937)
Ken Tyler Working on “Midnight Pool (Paper Pool 10),” 1978
Pen and brown ink on two joined sheets of paper, laid on board
Signed, dated, and inscribed by the artist at lower right, a combination, landscape, technical illustration and portrait / for Ken with love from David H / Oct 2nd 1978
35 x 30 in. (88.9 x 76.2 cm)

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This sketch was made as part of a series of twenty-nine works that David Hockney produced in the summer of 1978 in collaboration with Kenneth Tyler and the staff of Tyler Graphics Limited, near Mount Kisco, New York. The sketch reflects Hockney’s fascination with swimming pools and the play of reflections above and beneath the water. For this series he worked with a relatively unexplored medium, pressed color paper-pulp, which combines paper making and painting. The sketch depicts Ken Tyler handling molds constructed to make compartments that were then placed over wet flat sheets of newly made paper to produce a liquid color pulp. In its fluent handling of the ink pen and alternation of broad and delicate strokes, recalling the drawings of Vincent van Gogh, the sketch highlights Hockney’s early interest in that artist.


The artist’s studio; gift to Ken Tyler; with Lowell Libson Ltd., London, 2002


Nikos Stangos, ed., David Hockney Paper Pools, London, 1980, p. 19, repr.; Lowell Libson Ltd.: The First Five Years, London, 2007, p. 122, repr.

Exhibited: Lowell Libson Ltd., London, British Master Drawings, 2002, no. 31, repr.

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