Artist David Hockney unveiled his portrait of Harry Styles ahead of his exhibition of new paintings at the National Portrait Gallery in London this fall.
The portrait was started in May 2022, when Styles visited Hockney at his studio in Normandy, France. Styles told Vogue,
David Hockney has been reinventing the way we look at the world for decades.
It was a complete privilege to be painted by him.”
Styles’ is one of more than 33 new works completed between 2021 and 2022 that will appear in the upcoming Hockney exhibit that was originally slated to open during the pandemic.
The National Portrait Gallery has since undergone a major refurbishment. Unlike the 20-day run of the ill-fated original show, the restaged, expanded show will remain open until January 21, 2024. Tickets went on sale today.
The new exhibition now has around 160 works, both new and old including Styles, the artist’s mother, his partner Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima, plus a new self-portrait of the 86 year-old Hockney himself.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life, opens at the National Portrait Gallery on November 2, 2023.
(Photo, JP Gonçalves de Lima; via Artnet News)