Hockney's Portraits and People by Marco Livingstone and Kay Heymer


This book tells the lavishly illustrated story of David Hockney’s relationships with family, friends and lovers, shown through works ranging from the intimate to the large-scale. 

'An elegant framework for an account of a life which is also a study and a celebration of that life’s work … virtually every page turned is another encounter with Hockney’s distinctively expressive sense of line and colour' - Times Literary Supplement

'An utterly compelling rogues’ gallery of the famous, the infamous and the anonymous' - The Spectator

Ever since he made his first portraits at the age of sixteen, David Hockney has been fascinated by people - 'the human clay', as W. H. Auden put it - and how they have been represented throughout the history of art. As much as any other artist in recent years he has embraced, invigorated and often subverted traditional portraiture, making it a central concern of his art.

Through a careful selection of works both iconic and previously unpublished, this book explores the many ways in which Hockney has depicted the people around him, be they famous names such as Andy Warhol, Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden or lifelong friends such as Henry Geldzahler and Celia Birtwell, among many others. It tells the story of the artist's close relationships.

Revealing and always touching, Hockney's Portraits and People is both a unique record of the life and loves of one of the world's best known artists, and a valuable glimpse of the moment when life and art meet.

Marco Livingstone is an art historian and independent curator, with numerous publications on Pop Art, David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, R B Kitaj, Allen Jones, Paula Rego, Jim Dine, Peter Blake, Peter Phillips, Duane Michals, Peter Kinley and many others.

Kay Heymer is head of the Modern Art Department at the Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf in Germany.

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size:30.0 x 23.5 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Publication date: 25 April 2016