Artist David Hockney gives close-up look at self in exhibit

Published 8:12 am Monday, August 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES — The aspiring artist was 17 when he took pencil to paper in 1954 and sketched a stunningly mirror-like image of himself as a student at England’s Bradford School of Art.

In the 63 years since, David Hockney has become world famous, not for self-portraits, but for colorful painted landscapes, portraits of others and brilliant photo collages of everything from backyard swimming pools to scenic desert vistas.

Lesser known are the literally hundreds of self-portraits he also made over the years, many tucked away privately, seemingly to simply remind him of the changes time has wrought upon his appearance.

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