David Hockney Love Life Drawings 1963 to 1977

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David Hockney "Ossie Wearing a Fairisle Sweater" 1970 Colored pencil on paper 17 x 14" © David Hockney Photo Credit: Fabrice Gibert
May 27, 2022 at 10:00 amSep 18, 2022 at 5:00 pm

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A sumptuous collection of rarely seen drawings by one of our most popular and recognisable artists

The Telegraph  ⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Hockney at his most irresistible” Lucy Davies

Financial Times “David Hockney’s genius is distilled in the mesmerising show ‘Love Life’… Some of the most glorious drawings of the 20th century are to be found in an intimate, fizzing encounter with the artist… a very sexy show… ‘Love Life’ looks back, forward, celebrates the present and — especially when followed by lunch in the Holburne’s magnificent garden — is as life-affirming as its title implies.” Jackie Wullschlager

In 2017, prior to the opening of a retrospective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, David Hockney (b.1937) painted the words ‘Love Life’ on the final wall of the show. Explaining his actions, he said: “I love my work. And I think the work has love, actually … I love life. I write it at the end of letters – ‘Love life, David Hockney.”

That simple exhortation is a now common refrain for the artist, who regularly appeals for people to enjoy the simple beauty of the world around them. Although Hockney’s love of life has been exemplified through recent bodies of work, such as depicting the progress of spring in his native Yorkshire (2011-13) and, most recently, in Normandy (2020), the Holburne’s new exhibition will demonstrate how Hockney’s ‘Love Life’ dictum has underpinned his art since the 1960s.

Hockney’s delight in the world is no better demonstrated than in the drawings he made in the late 1960s and 1970s. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to marvel at his extraordinary power of observation and skill in using tiny, mundane details to help capture a situation, a sitter’s character, or a place.

Counterbalancing his more everyday subjects, Hockney’s depictions of his friends remind us of the elevated circles he was already moving in during the formative stages of his career, including three great writers of the 1930s (seen in later life), W.H. Auden (1907-1973), Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) and Stephen Spender (1909-1995), the aforementioned Peter Langan (1941-1988), plus Celia Birtwell (b.1941) and Ossie Clark (1942-1996), the subjects of one of his most iconic paintings, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy (1971).

Don’t Miss
Bruno Wollheim in Conversation with Chris Stephens
Chris Stephens Love Life lecture

Generously supported by:

Blavatnik Family Foundation Logo

With Additional Support from Kathryn Uhde
And the Love Life: David Hockney Supporters Circle:
Hamish Parker  Lydia & Manfred GorvyStuart & Bianca RodenClore WyndhamThomas Gibson Fine Art Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert

The Holburne Director’s Circle, Patrons and Friends

David Hockney
"Ossie Wearing a Fairisle Sweater" 1970
Colored pencil on paper
17 x 14"
© David Hockney
Photo Credit: Fabrice Gibert


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