Private Tour of David Hockney: Drawing from Life at the National Portrait Gallery

Wed 1 April 2020 : 9:00am – 10:00am

Drawing Room is pleased to offer Drawing Circle members the opportunity to attend a private tour of David Hockney: Drawing from Life at the National Portrait Gallery.

The tour will take place prior to the Gallery’s normal opening hours and will be led by National Portrait Gallery Assistant Curator, Tanya Bentley.

The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years, 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 six 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.

Please email [email protected] to book a place on the tour.

The private tour is part of Drawing Room's exclusive events programme for Drawing Circle members. If you wish to become a member and access our private events please contact Silvia Denaro or visit our Join page.

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David Hockney, Gregory, 1978. © David Hockey. Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt. Collection: The David Hockney Foundation