Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986 #2 poster by David Hockney


Artist: David Hockney

One of Hockney's most iconic images, Pearblossom Hwy., 11 - 18th April 1986, #2 has long been adored by our customers and visitors. A 'joiner' (photocollage) of over 800 photographs of an otherwise unprepossessing road junction, snapped over the course of a week in the in the  blazing Mojave heat, Pearblossom #1 was originally commissioned to illustrate a piece in Vanity Fair magazine - but it quickly outgrew that premise and never appeared in the publication. #2 was first seen at the Centre for International Photography in New York in September '86, prompting  Andy Grundberg to comment in the New York Times that "the subject is to some extent a metaphor for Hockney's photocollages, for they are about the intersection of painting issues with photographic ones, and the intersection of art with everyday life.'

Hockney recalls making the image thus: " I moved around an enormous amount, but right in the centre is one 'ordinary picture' of a road disappearing into the distance. It is the only picture that attempts to depict space, every other picture is about a surface - road signs, the road itself, shrubs, Joshua trees, and garbage at the side of the road. The parallels with the Xerox machine struck me forcibly. I constructed my picture with pictures of surfaces and the 'space' then is made in the mind, perhaps the only place it actually exists.'

'Pearblossom Highway' shows a crossroads in a very wide open space, which you only get a sense of in the western United States. . . . [The] picture was not just about a crossroads, but about us driving around. I'd had three days of driving and being the passenger. The driver and the passenger see the road in different ways. When you drive you read all the road signs, but when you're the passenger, you don't, you can decide to look where you want. And the picture dealt with that: on the right-hand side of the road it's as if you're the driver, reading traffic signs to tell you what to do and so on, and on the left-hand side it's as if you're a passenger going along the road more slowly, looking all around. So the picture is about driving without the car being in it.'

Approximate dimensions: 40 inches x 30 inches ( 101.6 cm x 76.3cm)
We send out posters rolled in tubes. Please hang away from direct sunlight to prevent fading. This is an authorised David Hockney poster, printed in Los Angeles and produced by the J. Paul Getty Museum, where the original Pearblossom Hwy., 11 - 18th April 1986, #2 lives. If you're ever in the vicinity, do visit this amazing place.