David Hockney: 82 Portraits and One Still-Life
'Cool, funny, opinionated, this engaging volume .. goes far beyond an exhibition catalogue to consider through interviews, essays and scores of images, his six-decade involvement with portraiture' - FT
This summer 2016 publication brings together the recent body of work by David Hockney, perhaps the most popular and versatile British artist of the last century. The book which accompanies an exhibition at the Royal Academy looks exclusively at the portraits he has been painting in the last few years – the subjects of which are friends, family and art-world luminaries.
After the sad events that touched his life in 2012, Hockney had stopped painting altogether. His move from Yorkshire to California coincided with his decision to revisit acrylic paints and bold colours. Vibrant, observant and full of life, these portraits mark a return to vivid, Technicolor form. Incisive text from Tim Barringer places these works within Hockney’s development as a portrait painter, while curator Edith Devaney interviews the artist about the series, which he describes as ‘twenty-hour exposures’, in reference to the time each portrait takes to paint. The book shows the stages of each painting, from first to last mark, and gives the reader a unique insight into Hockney’s working method.
- Authors: Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon professor of the history of art at Yale University and Edith Devaney, Curator of contemporary projects at the Royal Academy of Arts, London
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Date published: June 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1910350287
- Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 20 cm