Man in Shower in Beverly Hills, 1964 (Tate Liverpool) Poster by David Hockney
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We love this poster - the graphic tiles, the bend of the man's back, the pouring water, the gently billowing curtain and the gorgeous pink planes of the rug. It was produced by Tate Liverpool to advertise a show there in the late 1980's but the artwork was completed in 1964. The depiction of water is an important part of David's early LA years: acquatic engineering seemed to him everywhere in this semi-arid city. He painted water in pools and lawn sprinklers, but showers were of special interest:
Americans take showers all the time ... For an artist the interest of showers is obvious: the whole body is always in view and in movement, usually gracefully, as the bather is caressing his own body. There is also a three-hundred-year tradition of the bather as a subject in painting. Beverly Hills houses seemed full of showers of all shapes and sizes ... They all seemed to me to have elements of luxury ... very un-English that!
(Nikos Stangos, David Hockney by David Hockney, 1976, p.99)