6 x 6"
oil on panel
My new painting, a study for a larger piece, was both a blast and challenging. David Hockney's Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) is vivid and patterned and awe-inspiring. I am thrilled for David Hockney, who is still alive and well and producing fabulous paintings - at a recent Christie's auction, his painting started with no reserve at $15 million and fetched $90.3 in the end. So deserved for its recognition and worth.
Hockney is known for his brilliant pool paintings of course. This was inspired by two photographs next to each other on his studio floor. A double portrait. Hockney worked on it for about a year - looking at a due date of just four weeks until he had to ship it off to New York for an exhibition. That lead to working 18 hours a day for two weeks just to get it done.