David Hockney: Drawing from Life
Celebrating more than 60 years of intimate portraiture by David Hockney
Foreword by Deborah Willis. Text by Eileen Myles.
Hardcover, 13.8 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches / 132 pgs
Published by Gregory R. Miller & Co
About This Book
Published to accompany a major international exhibition, David Hockney: Drawing from Life features Hockney’s drawings from the 1950s to the present day, and focuses on his depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him: his muse, Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; and his friends, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne. In his portrait drawings of these figures, Hockney tries out new stylistic experiments and expresses his admiration for his artistic predecessors, from Holbein to Picasso.
Featuring 150 beautifully reproduced works from public and private collections across the world, this publication traces the trajectory of Hockney’s drawing practice by examining how he has revisited these five figures throughout his career. Highlights include a series of new portraits, colored pencil drawings created in Paris in the early 1970s, composite Polaroid portraits from the 1980s and a selection of drawings from an intense period of self-scrutiny during the 1980s when the artist created a self-portrait every day for two months.
PRAISE ABOUT THE BOOK
From joyful sketches of old friends to a nude meeting with Picasso – when Hockney wields his pencil we see the undisguised truth
as intimate as it gets, and barely a swimming pool in sight.
The story of an artist in evolution.
as intimate as it gets, and barely a swimming pool in sight
The artist’s dearest friends and family are the focus of an unusual and unmissable retrospective of works on paper
Time Out London
A touching, intimate look at one of the nation’s best artists.
The history of Hockney and his lifelong life-drawing itch, pursued now over seven decades.
Arts and Collections
David Hockney Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery Shines Light on an Artist’s Life
A stunning overview of [Hockney’s] drawings from the late 1950s to the present day.