David Hockney
Drawing from Life

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Coloured pencil drawing of a woman sitting on a chair Celia, Carennac, August 1971 by David Hockney, Colored pencil on paper, © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt, Collection The David Hockney Foundation

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2 November 2023 - 21 January 2024

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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.


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Photo of David Hockney painting Harry Styles, who sits on the right of the photo; Harry is wearing a bright red and yellow striped cardigan. Another portrait hangs on the wall behind.
David Hockney Painting Harry Styles, (With Portrait of Clive Davis), Normandy Studio, 1st June 2022. Photo: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima
Painting of a man seated in a wicker chair; he wears a white necklace, a red and yellow striped cardigan, jeans and several rings
Harry Styles, 31st May 2022 by David Hockney. Acrylic on canvas. 1219.2 x 914.4 mm © David Hockney. Photo: Jonathan Wilkinson, Collection of the artist.

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