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David Hockney


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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.

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Sarah Howgate is Senior Curator of Contemporary Collections at the National Portrait Gallery. Her previous exhibitions and publications include David Hockney Portraits (2006), Lucian Freud Portraits (2012), Friendship Portraits: Chantel Joffe and Isabel Myserscough 2015), Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the Mask, Another Mask (2017) and Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT(2018). Isabel Seligman is the Bridget Riley Art Foundation Curator at the British Museum. Her previous exhibitions and publications include Lines of Thought: Drawing from Rembrandt to Now (2016) and Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now (2019).


as intimate as it gets, and barely a swimming pool in sight--Robin Simon "Daily Mail"
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.--Nicholas Cullinan "Esquire"
Over the course of 150 pieces, Drawing From Life draws us into Hockney's closest circle.--Jadie Stillwell "Interview"
The octogenarian artist is making the most of uncertain times with a newly released book showcasing portraits of his family and dearest friends.--Janelle Zara "Architectural Digest"
A stunning overview of [Hockney's] drawings from the late 1950s to the present day.--Ken Scrudato "Blackbook"
A touching, intimate look at one of the nation's best artists.--Eddy Frankel "Time Out London"
David Hockney Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery Shines Light on an Artist's Life--Chris Jenkins "Arts and Collections"
The artist's dearest friends and family are the focus of an unusual and unmissable retrospective of works on paper--Jackie Wullschlager "Financial Times"
The story of an artist in evolution.--Tabish Khan "Londonist"
From joyful sketches of old friends to a nude meeting with Picasso - when Hockney wields his pencil we see the undisguised truth--Jonathan Jones "Guardian"
The history of Hockney and his lifelong life-drawing itch, pursued now over seven decades.--Michael Glover "Hyperallergic"

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