Self-Portrait, July 1986

In 1986, while working on designs for a production of Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde, Hockney began experimenting with a color laser photocopier to produce what he called "home-made prints." Replicating the traditional printmaking process, he repeatedly fed a single sheet of paper through the copier until each color of the drawing had been printed. In this self-portrait, he even placed his own striped shirt on the glass plate of the copier. Though created with modern technology, the prints have a playful directness that reveals the artist’s hand.

David Hockney
Self-Portrait, July 1986, 1986
Homemade print on two sheets of paper
The David Hockney Foundation
© David Hockney
Photography by Richard Schmidt