David Hockney’s monumental ‘Self-Portrait on the Terrace’ from 1984 is a deeply personal painting by an artist at the height of his powers. In this episode of Expert Voices, Sotheby’s Chairman Oliver Barker explains how a return to the double portrait format represents a shift in Hockney’s relationship with close friend and frequent model Gregory Evans. We also discover the expansive ‘theatre set’ of his Los Angeles home, the inclusion of his iconic swimming pool and learn how Hockney worked with the previous owners of the painting, Morris and Rita Pynoos, to present the work in their home. ‘Self-Portrait on the Terrace’ is a highlight of our upcoming Contemporary Art Evening Auction (12 May New York).
Auctions and Exhibitions
The Stirring Humanity of David Hockney’s ‘Self-Portrait on the Terrace’
New York | 12 May