David Hockney, Portraits

Galerie Lelong&Co.

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David Hockney
Matelot Kevin Druez 1, 2009 
Inkjet printed computer drawing on paper, edition of 30
124.5 x 85 cm
© David Hockney / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.

David Hockney has been practicing the art of the portrait and the self-portrait for more than 60 years. Under the title, “Drawing from Life,” the National Portrait Gallery in London recently brought together a wide selection of portraits of five of his favourite subjects produced over these six decades: the artist himself, his mother and three of his closest friends, Celia Birtwell who was already a luminous presence in the famous painting entitled Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy; Maurice Payne, his printing assistant with an aquiline profile; and Gregory Evans who was held in high esteem by the artist as each of the portraits drawn of him shows.

Self Portrait III, 20 March 2012
David Hockney
iPad drawing printed on paper ; Edition 19/25, 2012
37 1/16 x 27 4/4 in

In this exhibition, there is a secret figure: time. We can read its sometimes devastating effects on the faces of the models as they age; we also witness the evolution over time of the painter’s sentiments towards each of his friends. This is a novel, the novel of a life that is unfolding before our very eyes. The last room, which includes the most recent portraits of all the models, except for his deceased mother, inevitably brings to mind the In Search of Time Lost of Marcel Proust.

Self Portrait IV, 25 March 2012
David Hockney
iPad drawing printed on paper ; Edition 19/25, 2012
37 1/16 x 27 4/4 in

As an echo to this exhibition, which has unfortunately had to close due to the epidemic, the gallery invites you to an online exhibition of portraits that places special focus on the variety of techniques used by the artist, including drawings on computers, self-portraits on an iPad, photographs, collages of photographs, prints or lithographs.
We find the painter’s favourite models, Celia and Gregory, his parents, but also his great friend, Henry Geldzahler, and the famous self-portrait of the artist as a student, his sketch pad under his arm, approaching the bust of Picasso, the revered master.

Sir Tatton Sykes
David Hockney
Inkjet printed computer drawing on paper Edition 8/12, 2008
60 1/16 x 40 4/4 in
David Hockney
My Parents, Bradford, July 1975, from Twenty Photographic Pictures by David Hockney, 1976 
Chromogenic print, edition of 80
27×20.5cm
© David Hockney / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt