A new exhibition, the first major one devoted to Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years, is to go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in February next year. The show will explore the octogenarian’s journey as portraitist from his school days in the 1950s to now, focussing on a small group of people close to him, and, of course, the many self-portraits he has made over the years.
This exhibition will seek not only to present Hockney’s inner circle, but also his relationship with the greats, his experiments with Ingres’s precision, Van Gogh’s mark making, Picasso’s cubism, Hogarth’s story telling and Rembrandt’s self-scrutiny. The exhibition will feature close to 150 works spanning his career, some of which will be unveiled for the first time, including working drawings for his A Rake’s Progress etching suite (1961-63).
Hockney is a crowd-pleaser, not because he aims to be, but because his art is accessible, beautiful and undeniably the product of passionate drive to record the world around him. Perspective, ways of seeing and the pursuit of new techniques have been his life's work. But this exhibition also promises to shine a light on a more intimate side of the artist's extraordinary life.
|What||David Hockney: Drawing from Life|
|Where||National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
27 Feb 20 – 28 Jun 20, 12:00 AM
|Website||Click here for more information|