David Hockney portraits to go on show at Royal Academy

Seventy-seven equal-sized portraits of friends and family by David Hockney are to be exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts next year.

The sitters include a woman who will be familiar to anyone with a knowledge of one of Hockney’s most famous paintings: Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy painted in 1970 owned by Tate.

Dagny Corcoran by David Hockney. Photograph: Richard Schmidt/Royal Academy

The fashion designer Celia Birtwell was Mrs Clark, then wife of fellow designer Ossie, and is one of the subjects for Hockney’s latest project. Others include Dame Edna Everage’s alter ego Barry Humphries, the Californian artist John Baldessari and Hockney’s older sister Margaret.

The RA’s curator, Edith Devaney, said Hockney began the portraits in the

Article source: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/sep/29/david-hockney-portraits-to-go-on-show-at-royal-academy

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