I think the way I draw, the more I know and react to people, the more interesting the drawings will be. – David Hockney
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
David Hockney was born in Bradford, England in 1937. He was the fourth or five children. He speaks about his mother and father with great admiration and is able to imbue the portraits of his parents with that same fondness. He does the same with portraits of his friends…and even those he has created of himself.
The National Portrait Gallery of London is currently holding an exhibit of Hockney’s drawings, the first major exhibit of the artist’s drawings in more than twenty years.
Although there are more than 150 works on display, done from 1950 to the present, only five subjects are represented in the works: his friend Celia Birtwell, his mother, Laura Hockney, curator and friend Gregory Evans, master printer and friend Maurice Payne and Hockney himself.
Showcasing Hockney’s skill as a draughtsman, the exhibit includes recent portraits, colored pencil drawings done in Paris in the 1970s, composite Polaroid portraits done in the 1980s and self-portraits, also done in the 1980s over a two-month period when the artist did a self-portrait every day.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life will be at the National Portrait Gallery through June 28, 2020.
David Hockney Style
Luxury London Magazine calls David Hockney Britain’s best-dressed octogenarian, as much a master of painting with colour as he is in wearing it. Hockney’s choice of glasses, mismatched socks and wide, striped ties are as artful and unique as his artworks.
Always marching to the beat of his own drummer, Hockney’s works are as singular as the artist himself. Hockney moved from his home in London to the Hollywood Hills in 1964, where he painted his iconic pool paintings between 1966 and 1967.
Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), sold for $90.3 million in 2018, then the highest ever auction sale for a living artist (it was surpassed in 2019 by a Jeff Koons sculpture that sold for $91 million). In 2019, his 1969 double portrait Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott sold for $49.5 million at Christie’s. Last month Splash, probably the most recognizable of his pool paintings, sold at Sotheby’s London for $29.8 million.
Last year Hockney moved to Normandy, because he thought the ban on smoking in public places in the U.S., especially in Los Angeles, was too restrictive.
David Hockney at Surovek Gallery
I haven’t stopped painting or drawing – I’ve just added another medium.
Who would have thought that the telephone would bring back drawing? – David Hockney
David Hockney is 82 and still at the cutting edge of his game. His iPad drawings are currently on exhibit at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, at Salt Mills in West Yorkshire, UK as part on an ongoing exhibit and available at Surovek Gallery.
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Jonathan Jones. David Hockney: Drawing from Life review – stripping subjects down to their gym socks. The Guardian. February 25, 2020.
Josh Sims. Men’s Style Icons #01: David Hockney. Luxury London Magazine. March 10, 2020.
Hadley Freeman. Celia Birtwell on David Hockney: Nobody else has ever asked me’.The Guardian. February 25, 2020.
Tabish Khan. Nobody Draws It Better Than David Hockney At National Portrait Gallery. Londonist. February 26, 2020.
Taylor Dafoe. Artist David Hockney Is Moving to France Because It’s Illegal to Smoke Practically Anywhere in America. artnetnews. September 11, 2019.
Jacopo Prisco. David Hockney’s ‘The Splash’ sells for $29.8 million. CNN, Arts. Updated February 12, 2020.