David Hockney has again proven that he is still in the winner's enclosure when his pool painting, “The Splash”, fetched over 23 million pounds at a sale at auctioneers Sotheby’s in London.

The work, painted in 1966, is a square acrylic painting showing the moment when water splashes up in a swimming pool just after a diver enters. The painting was inspired by a Hollywood magazine on how to build swimming pools.

It took the brilliant artist two weeks to paint a two second splash, such was his attention to detail. It is the second in a series of three splash paintings - “A Little Splash” is in a private collection and “A Bigger Splash” is in London’s Tate Britain gallery.

The painting last sold at auction in 2006, going for 2.9 million pounds ($5.4 million).

According Emma Baker, head of Sotheby’s contemporary art evening sale, David Hockney was an icon of Pop who defined an era.

But this is not the only time Hockney has smashed records. In 2018, Hockney’s “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” from 1972 sold for $90.3 million at Christie’s in New York. Good on him!

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