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David Hockney, Celia, Carennac, August 1971, 1971, colored pencil on paper, 17" x 14" © David Hockney, Photo by Richard Schmidt, Collection: The David Hockney Foundation

Museum Exhibitions

David Hockney

Drawing from Life

National Portrait Gallery, London

February 27 – June 18, 2020

The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years, David Hockney: Drawing from Life, explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present by focusing on depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him: his muse, Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; and friends, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne.

Featuring around 150 works from public and private collections across the world, as well as from the David Hockney Foundation and the artist, the exhibition will trace the trajectory of Hockney's practice by revisiting these five subjects over a period of five decades. 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 over a period of two months.

For more information, please visit the museum's website.

Museum Exhibitions — National Portrait Gallery Presents "David Hockney: Drawing from Life", Jan 13, 2020