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David Hockney's 'Barry Humphries'. Acrylic on canvas, 121.92 x 91.44 cm © David Hockney / Richard Schmidt
David Hockney's 'Barry Humphries'. Acrylic on canvas, 121.92 x 91.44 cm © David Hockney / Richard Schmidt

David Hockney: Portraits & Still Lifes

In July, David Hockney returns to the RA with a remarkable new body of work. Embracing portraiture with a renewed creative vigour, he offers an intimate snapshot of the LA art world and the people who have crossed his path over the last two years.

His subjects—all friends, family and acquaintances—include office staff, fellow artists, curators and gallerists such as John Baldessari and Larry Gagosian. Each work is the same size, showing his sitter in the same chair, against the same vivid blue background and all were painted in the same time frame of three days. Yet Hockney’s virtuoso paint handling allows their differing personalities to leap off the canvas with warmth and immediacy.

David Hockney RA: 79 Portraits and 2 Still Lifes, July 2 - October 2, 2016

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