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Celebrated as a Pop artist in the 1960s, David Hockney remains one of the most admired British painters. In his early career he was better known for his prints than for his paintings. He began to make etchings while a student at the Royal College of Art, when he could not afford paint and the Graphic department gave out free materials. These early prints laid the foundation for much of his subsequent work. They experiment with various styles. Many of them make oblique references to the artist's homosexuality. Here he has juxtaposed the word 'Queen' with the initials 'CR' which refer to pop singer Cliff Richard, whom he admired at this time.

August 2004