Self Portrait with Charlie

© David Hockney. Image credit: Richard Schmidt

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In early 2005, David Hockney invited friends to his Los Angeles studio where he painted a series of full-length single and double portraits in just a few sittings. He worked directly onto the canvas, without photographic reference or preparatory drawing. Included in the series was this self-portrait, which depicts the artist at work on a painting of himself and his friend the New York-based curator, Charlie Scheips.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Self Portrait with Charlie




oil on canvas


H 182.9 x W 91.4 cm

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Purchased with help from the proceeds of the 150th anniversary gala and Gift Aid visitor ticket donations, 2007

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