The 83rd birthday of legendary artist David Hockney is to be celebrated with a new exhibition featuring a series of extraordinary etchings of gay lovers.
The show launches on Hockney’s birthday, 9 July, and runs until the 23rd of the month at London’s Zebra One Gallery.
The artworks are part of a series of lithographs Hockney made for the book, Illustrations For Fourteen Poems From C P Cavafy, featuring his American and British friends and celebrating homosexual love.
Hockney recently revealed that despite a string of lovers, the love of his life was “maybe” Gregory Evans, his 62-year-old manager, who features in the etchings. Hockney and Evans had been lovers for about a decade during the 1970s, and have now worked together for more than 40 years. Evans remains a close friend of Hockney’s, and he established and continues to manage the David Hockney Studio, which oversees the artist‘s work and archives.
Most of the etchings on display and for sale at the gallery are signed by Hockney. They include editions of 10 other lithographs made by the artist. These include his signed portrait of 1960 designer Celia Birtwell, his signed Picasso-inspired piece, The Old Guitarist, and signed portrait, Henry Reading The Newspaper.
Hockney’s wheat field landscape is the cover image of August’s Vogue Magazine.
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