Drawing from Life
Free for Members and Patrons
2 November 2023 - 21 January 2024
£21.00 / £23.50
£5 tickets for all visitors aged 25 and under are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with further concessions available
Members visit free – from just £5.50 per month.
Thanks to the National Portrait Gallery’s Reopening Partner: Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
The Gallery’s autumn programme will see the return of the five-star exhibition, ‘David Hockney: Drawing from Life’, which was staged for just 20 days before the Gallery’s closure due to Covid in March 2020.
The exhibition explores the artist’s work over the last six decades through his intimate portraits of five sitters: his mother, Celia Birtwell, Gregory Evans, Maurice Payne and the artist himself. His familiarity with the sitters enables him to work with a range of mediums and styles, from pencil, pen and ink and crayon, to photographic collage and the iPad. The 2023 exhibition will also debut a selection of over thirty new portraits. Painted from life they depict friends and visitors to the artist’s Normandy studio between 2021 and 2022.
Download our digital guide on Bloomberg Connects to unlock audio from David Hockney and curator Sarah Howgate to support your exhibition visit.
School and group visits
Exhibition and Lecture: David Hockney: Drawing from Life
£39 per person
Enrich your visit to our exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life with an informative and lively lecture about Britain’s greatest living artist. Exclusively for your group, this lecture provides a comprehensive introduction to the exhibition, followed by the opportunity to spend as long as you wish in the exhibition itself. Enjoy the opportunity to ask questions and explore Hockney’s work.
The price per person includes the one-hour lecture and an exhibition ticket. Terms and conditions apply.
Members' Late - David Hockney: Drawing from Life and Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 23
Join us for a Members’ Late to view David Hockney: Drawing from Life and Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023
Conversations with the past: Hockney and the old masters with Isabel Seligman
- Adult Programmes
This talk will examine the impact that historic artists have had on Hockney’s graphic portraits, particularly the work of Rembrandt, Ingres and Picasso
The geography of the face: self-portraiture in a range of media
- Adult Programmes
Develop your self-portraiture skills with Portrait prize-winning artist, Charlie Schaffer, in this two-day workshop inspired by our exhibition, David Hockney: Drawing from Life.
Shop David Hockney
David Hockney: Drawing From Life Hardcover Catalogue
This book, which accompanies the first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over 20 years, will explore Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to now, with a focus on himself, his family and friends. From Ingres to the iPad – this book demonstrates the artist’s ingenuity in portrait drawing with reference to both tradition and technology.