David Hockney: Drawing from Life

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David Hockney Painting Harry Styles, (With Portrait of Clive Davis), Normandy Studio, 1st June 2022. Photo: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima.

New portrait of HARRY STYLES unveiled for major David Hockney exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery

Over 30 new portraits, painted at the artist’s Normandy studio between 2021 and 2022, will be displayed for the first time when the Gallery opens David Hockney: Drawing from Life on 2 November 2023.The updated exhibition will include examples of Hockney’s most recent portraits, seen for the first time, including a painting of singer Harry Styles.

Displayed for just 20 days prior to the Gallery’s closure due to Covid in March 2020, the critically acclaimed exhibition – now restaged – has been expanded to include 33 of the artist’s most recent portraits, painted in acrylic between 2021 and 2022, one of these new works depicts singer, Harry Styles. Hockney’s new paintings will be displayed alongside portraits originally exhibited as part of 2020’s presentation, rendered in pencil, pastel, ink and watercolour, using both traditional and non-traditional drawing equipment, including coloured pencil, pen, the 35mm camera and apps found on the iPhone and iPad.

Featuring around 160 works from public and private collections across the world, as well as from the David Hockney Foundation and the artist himself, David Hockney: Drawing from Life traces the trajectory of Hockney’s practice, predominantly through his intimate portraits of five sitters: his friend, Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; his former partner and curator, Gregory Evans; his master printer, Maurice Payne; and the artist himself. Supported by White & Case, the exhibition will explore the artist’s work over the last six decades, with the addition of new portraits – depicting friends and visitors to Hockney’s Normandy studio.

Bringing the exhibition right up to date, new single and double portraits include depictions of the artist’s partner, Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima, and people from the local Normandy community. David Hockney: Drawing from Life will be accompanied by a fully illustrated hardback catalogue (£35). 

David Hockney: Drawing from Life:  2 November 2023 - 21 January 2024

Further information: Home - National Portrait Gallery (npg.org.uk)