An illustrated record of the Paper Pools series of artworks created by Hockney in 1978. The twenty-nine Paper Pool works were made using the paper pulp process, a mix of printmaking and painting, and a new medium for the artist. The images focus on the play of water and light, whilst also recognising the Californian sunshine that Hockney sought. Reproductions of the twenty-nine works are accompanied by preparatory line drawings, polaroids and a text ‘Making Paper Pools’ by the artist.
The book was edited by Nikos Stangos and first published in hardback by Thames and Hudson, London, in 1980, featuring the painting Gregory in the Pool (Paper pool 4) on the dust jacket. Harry N. Abrams published the U.S. edition with a reproduction of Le Plongeur (Paper pool 18). The paperback editions by both Thames & Hudson and Abrams also feature this polyptych painted in 1978 using Hockney’s technique of colored pressed paper pulp. The interest in the medium and type of paper is reflected in the design of the book with an unusual paper, which is similar to the old, rough paper used for some editions of this series.