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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Text by Sarah Howgate.

Featured image is reproduced from 'David Hockney: Drawing from Life.'

Celebrating more than 60 years of intimate portraiture by David Hockney

Published to accompany a major international exhibition, David Hockney: Drawing from Life features Hockney’s drawings from the 1950s to the present day, and focuses on his depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him: his muse, Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; and his friends, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne. In his portrait drawings of these figures, Hockney tries out new stylistic experiments and expresses his admiration for his artistic predecessors, from Holbein to Picasso.

Featuring 150 beautifully reproduced works from public and private collections across the world, this publication traces the trajectory of Hockney’s drawing practice by examining how he has revisited these five figures throughout his career. 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 for two months.

David Hockney (born 1937) is considered one of the most celebrated British contemporary artists. Hockney studied at the Bradford School of Art and the Royal College of Art with R.B. Kitaj, Allen Jones and Derek Boshier. Graduating with a gold medal, he became a leading figure in pop art. His work encompasses drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and stage design.


Featured image is reproduced from 'David Hockney: Drawing from Life.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Guardian

Jonathan Jones

From joyful sketches of old friends to a nude meeting with Picasso – when Hockney wields his pencil we see the undisguised truth

Telegraph

Alastair Sooke

as intimate as it gets, and barely a swimming pool in sight.

Londonist

Tabish Khan

The story of an artist in evolution.

Daily Mail

Robin Simon

as intimate as it gets, and barely a swimming pool in sight

Financial Times

Jackie Wullschläger

The artist’s dearest friends and family are the focus of an unusual and unmissable retrospective of works on paper

Time Out London

Eddy Frankel

A touching, intimate look at one of the nation’s best artists.

Hyperallergic

Michael Glover

The history of Hockney and his lifelong life-drawing itch, pursued now over seven decades.

Arts and Collections

Chris Jenkins

David Hockney Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery Shines Light on an Artist’s Life

Blackbook

Ken Scrudato

A stunning overview of [Hockney’s] drawings from the late 1950s to the present day.

Interview

Jadie Stillwell

Over the course of 150 pieces, Drawing From Life draws us into Hockney’s closest circle.

Esquire

Nicholas Cullinan

Hockney has always been a confidant draughtsman. Like most young artists, his subjects were himself, those close to him, and his immediate surroundings; domestic interiors and the local landscape. These interests have remained with him throughout his working life; he still draws on every available piece of paper and his creative mind never rests.

Architectural Digest

Janelle Zara

The octogenarian artist is making the most of uncertain times with a newly released book showcasing portraits of his family and dearest friends.

New York Times

Roberta Smith

David Hockney: Drawing From Life [...] is about loved ones and the complex, constantly morphing nature of relationships and the people who forge them. [...] It shows the artist working, as usual, full steam ahead, in different scales and in about a dozen forms of drawing (pencil, ink, charcoal and so on) and printmaking (lithography, etchings and etchings with aquatint) as well as with composite Polaroids and an iPad. It is beyond ample as a showcase for Mr. Hockney’s towering drawing gifts, openness to new technologies and his incessant work ethic…

New York Times

Roberta Smith

Derives its poignant power from its loved ones and the complex nature of relationships.

Wallpaper*

Pheobe Gardner

David Hockney: Drawing from Life, celebrates more than 60 years of the revered artist’s intimate portraiture with texts by Sarah Howgate and Isabel Seligman. Featuring drawings from the 1950s to the present day, the book is a fascinating window into the artist’s creative development and to his personal life, focusing on depictions of himself and those close to him.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/8/2020

David Hockney's mother, a lifelong muse

David Hockney's mother, a lifelong muse

David Hockney's 1978 "Mother, Bradford. 19 Feb 1978" is reproduced from Drawing from Life, the essential new catalog from National Portrait Gallery, London. Featuring no fewer than 23 portraits of the artist's mother, Laura Hockney, a vegetarian and committed Methodist who always supported her son's desire to be an artist, this book is all about Hockney's muses. He made this extra-compelling drawing on the day of his father's funeral. Curator Sarah Howgate notes the artist's use of sepia ink and reed pen, as Van Gogh had done in his portraits. "Using a minimal line, Hockney conveys the sadness in his mother’s face as she looks directly at her son, as if seeing her husband reflected in him." continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/4/2020

'David Hockney: Drawing from Life' is new from National Portrait Gallery, London

'David Hockney: Drawing from Life' is new from National Portrait Gallery, London

Produced in Carennac, France, in 1971, this colored pencil drawing from David Hockney: Drawing from Life captures Hockney's longtime muse, the London textile designer Celia Birtwell—a friend and confidante since the swinging sixties. "I think the way I draw, the more I know and react to people, the more interesting the drawings will be," Hockney is quoted. "I don’t really like struggling for a likeness. It seems a bit of a waste of effort… If you don’t know the person, you don’t really know if you’ve got a likeness at all." continue to blog


DAVID HOCKNEY MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

David Hockney: A Yorkshire Sketchbook

DAVID HOCKNEY: A YORKSHIRE SKETCHBOOK

By David Hockney.

ROYAL ACADEMY PUBLICATIONS

ISBN: 9781907533235
USD $25.00
| CAN $34.5

Pub Date: 1/3/2012
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David Hockney: Six Fairy Tales from Brothers Grimm

DAVID HOCKNEY: SIX FAIRY TALES FROM BROTHERS GRIMM

By David Hockney.

ROYAL ACADEMY PUBLICATIONS

ISBN: 9781907533242
USD $25.00
| CAN $34.5

Pub Date: 3/1/2012
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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

DAVID HOCKNEY: DRAWING FROM LIFE

Text by Sarah Howgate.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON

ISBN: 9781855147973
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| CAN $63

Pub Date: 4/28/2020
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David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life

DAVID HOCKNEY: 82 PORTRAITS AND 1 STILL-LIFE

Text by Tim Barringer, Edith Devaney.

ROYAL ACADEMY PUBLICATIONS

ISBN: 9781910350287
USD $45.00
| CAN $60

Pub Date: 8/23/2016
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