Exhibition

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.

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27 February – 28 June 2020

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 / Friday until 21.00

Wolfson Gallery

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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£18 – 20 / £17 – 19 (concessions)

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Daily 10.00 – 17.30 (transaction fee applies)

In person at the Gallery
Daily 10.00 – 17.00, Fridays until 20.00

£17 – 20
£5 tickets for under 25s on Fridays
£5 tickets for concessions and over 60s
Monday – Wednesday mornings (10.00 – 11.00)

Concessions include: Those in receipt of pension credit, universal credit or income support, students, children 12–18 years, registered unemployed, disabled people (with free entry for one carer). Proof of age or status required.

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Free admission
Gallery Members, Supporters and children under 12 years in family groups.
National Art Pass holders will receive a 50% discount.

Family Tickets
Book an Adult or Pension Credit ticket and receive 50% off tickets for up to four children (12 – 18).

Schools
Tickets are £5 per student / pupil for groups 10+ visiting from 10.00 – 14.00, booking and paying at least a month in advance. Find out more.

Groups
Special tours are available for groups, including a lecture and opportunity to explore the exhibition. For more information visit group tours.

Over 60s
Monday – Wednesday between 10.00 – 11.00 enjoy £5 tickets
Tickets for these timeslots are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Under 25
Every Friday we’re offering 500 £5 tickets to visitors under 25 (open late, until 21.00).

Large print guides
Large print guides are available at the entrance of the exhibition or by speaking to a member of staff. The large print guide is also available to download as a pdf nearer the time

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Bags
Due to the nature of the works on display, bags over 38 by 30cm, rucksacks and umbrellas are not permitted in this exhibition. Please make use of the Gallery cloakroom on Floor -2. For more information click here.

Top tips

  • Pre-book to avoid disappointment
  • Our Members have unlimited access, even during sold out slots
  • Sunday afternoon can be a quieter time to visit
  • We suggest a visit time of 1-2 hours

Events

A range of free and ticketed events including talks, workshops, family activities and live music complements the exhibition

Events (11)

11 events matching the search term Hockney

Members’ Afternoon Preview: David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Members’ Afternoon Preview: David Hockney: Drawing from Life

  • For Members

26 February 2020, 14:00-16:00
Wolfson Gallery

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.

No need to RSVP, simply bring your Membership card to the entrance of the exhibition for admittance to this Members’ only preview.

 

 

 


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In Conversation: Celia Birtwell and Marco Livingstone

In Conversation: Celia Birtwell and Marco Livingstone

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
6 March 2020, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

To celebrate the opening of David Hockney: Drawing from Life, the artist’s muse and textile designer Celia Birtwell, talks to art historian Marco Livingstone about the experience of being drawn by her friend over five decades. Chaired by curator  Sarah Howgate.


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Lecture: David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Lecture: David Hockney: Drawing from Life

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
13 March 2020, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Curator Sarah Howgate introduces the major new exhibition which explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present and his depictions of himself and those close to him.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 10 February 2020.


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Young People: Drawing From Yourself

Young People: Drawing From Yourself

  • Workshop||Young People

15 March 2020, 13:00-16:00
Education Studio
Free, booking required

Work with professional artist Marc Woodhead to explore themes of self-reflection plus try new drawing and collage techniques inspired by our David Hockney: Drawing from Life exhibition.


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Weekend Workshop: Drawing from Hockney: Looking at the artist’s materials and techniques

Weekend Workshop: Drawing from Hockney: Looking at the artist’s materials and techniques

21 March - 22 March 2020, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Artist Robin-Lee Hall leads a two-day workshop focusing on Hockney’s prolific use of drawing from life to explore different ideas, techniques, materials and sitters.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 10 February 2020.


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BSL Tour: David Hockney: Drawing from Life

BSL Tour: David Hockney: Drawing from Life

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • BSL

A part of Friday Lates
10 April 2020, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Chisato Minamimura leads a tour of the Gallery's new major exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life, which 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. Led in British Sign Language (BSL).


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Members’ Evening Private View: David Hockney: Drawing from Life and Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

Members’ Evening Private View: David Hockney: Drawing from Life and Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

  • For Members

20 April 2020, 18:30-20:30
Wolfson Gallery and Porter Plus

Join us for a viewing of drawing and photography in an evening that celebrates two artists renowned for their craft. David Hockney: Drawing from Life and Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things.

No need to RSVP, simply bring your Membership card to the entrance of the exhibition for admittance to this Members’ only preview.


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Life Drawing: Hockney and his Influences

Life Drawing: Hockney and his Influences

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates||LGBTQI
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A part of Friday Lates
24 April 2020, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

To coincide with the current major exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life, this Life Drawing session with artist Marc Woodhead explores the techniques, ideas and approaches of David Hockney, and the artists that have influenced, informed and inspired his work.


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Lunchtime Lecture: Conversations with the Past: Hockney and the Old Masters

Lunchtime Lecture: Conversations with the Past: Hockney and the Old Masters

4 June 2020, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Plundering the history of art for its subjects, styles, solutions and techniques, David Hockney’s conversations with the art of the past have been lively and ongoing.


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Screening: A Bigger Picture (Dir. Bruno Wollheim, 2009)

Screening: A Bigger Picture (Dir. Bruno Wollheim, 2009)

A part of Friday Lates
12 June 2020, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Director Bruno Wollheim introduces David Hockney: A Bigger Picture. Filmed over three years, it captures the artist’s return from California to paint the East Yorkshire landscape of his childhood and his move away from photography to find renewal in nature.


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Life Drawing: Drawing from Hockney

Life Drawing: Drawing from Hockney

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates||LGBTQI
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A part of Friday Lates
26 June 2020, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

To coincide with the current major exhibition Drawing from Life, this Life Drawing session with artist Robin-Lee Hall explores the techniques, draughtsmanship and varied drawing materials used by David Hockney over the years. During the session, Robin will be drawing on her iPad to demonstrate Hockney’s different approaches to drawing the figure.


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Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibition Catalogue

This book brings to life over 200 beautiful reproductions of Hockney’s works and celebrates the artist as the master draughtsman he remains to this day.

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