A private view of David Hockney: Drawing from Life at the National Portrait Gallery

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A message from the National Portrait Gallery
In line with UK government guidance, the National Portrait Gallery has closed until further notice, in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors and staff.

This means that we are postponing the Wednesday, April 8 Private View of David Hockney: Drawing from Life, and hope to hold a breakfast view instead on Saturday, June 20 from 8.30 - 10am. Your ticket will automatically be valid for this new date and you do not need to do anything at this stage. If you are unable to attend please email feedback@npg.org.uk.

Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.

We very much hope to see you at the Gallery on Saturday, June 20.

Join us on Wednesday, April 8 for an exclusive private view of David Hockney: Drawing from Life at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

This will be the first major exhibition of David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years and subscribers will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition outside of public gallery hours and away from the crowds. Guests will be greeted with a complimentary drinks reception on arrival and will also be able to enjoy an introductory talk from one of the gallery’s curators. 

David Hockney: Drawing from Life, explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present by focusing on depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him: his muse, Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; and friends, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne.

Featuring around 150 works from public and private collections across the world, as well as from the David Hockney Foundation and the artist, the exhibition will trace the trajectory of his practice by revisiting these five subjects over a period of five decades. Highlights include a series of new portraits; coloured 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 over a period of two months.

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Image Credits

1. David Hockney, Self-portrait 26th Sept. (detail), 1983, Charcoal on paper, 762 × 571mm, The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art © David Hockney
2. David Hockney Gregory (detail), 1978, Coloured pencil on paper, 17 x 14”. Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt, Collection The David Hockney Foundation © David Hockney

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