Phillips is pleased to announce David Hockney, a dedicated auction of Contemporary Art, Editions and Photographs this September. Featuring a broad spectrum of rare to market works, David Hockney will celebrate one of the most influential British artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, his innovation with technique and endless fascination with exploring how we see and make art. Leading the sale is Hockney’s Afternoon Swimming from 1979, an iconic, swimming pool composition that demonstrates the artist’s skill with lithography. The works will go on public view from 6 to 13 September before the auction on 13 September at 30 Berkeley Square.

Robert Kennan, Head of Editions, Europe, said, “This sale looks to celebrate the achievements of David Hockney to date with a vibrant selection in all media. The auction is an opportunity to acquire a Hockney work at all prices points, from entry level works priced at £1000 to those higher value pieces at £250,000 and above. Contemporary edition collecting is something we feel incredibly passionate about and creating curated sales such as David Hockney allows us to engage with our community of collectors, whilst reflecting our innovative approach to meet current collecting demands.”

Three highlights of the sale, Tyler Dining Room, Celia in a Wicker Chair, and arguably Hockney’s most sought after edition, Afternoon Swimming, come from prominent South African collectors Andrew and Sandy Ovenstone, owners of Stellenberg, Cape Town. This historic house is the last remaining private Cape Dutch homestead in the central southern suburbs of Cape Town and home to world-renowned gardens overseen by Sandy Ovenstone. Proceeds from the sale of these works will help to fund new acquisitions by contemporary South African artists.