Self-Portrait, 30 Sept 1983

In the autumn of 1983, almost every day for two months, Hockney challenged himself to produce a candid self-portrait in charcoal. This period of intense self-reflection was, in part, a reaction to the untimely deaths of many of his friends due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The vulnerability exposed in these drawings is a far cry from the confident self-portraits of thirty years earlier. Like the pages of a diary, these works record daily changes in the artist’s moods and emotions.

David Hockney
Self-Portrait, 30 Sept 1983, 1983
Charcoal on paper
Collection National Portrait Gallery, London
© David Hockney
Photography by Fabrice Gibert