'Gregory', David Hockney, 1974
© David Hockney/Arts Council Collection
Gregory Evans was a companion and model of Hockney’s from the 1970s. He was hung-over after a night out in London when Hockney drew this portrait. In notes for the Arts Council Collection on the print’s purchase, Hockney wrote:
It is an etching drawn directly on to copper plates from life, using a technique I learned from Aldo Cromm[e]lynk in Paris, who had derived it from Picasso… normally to make a two colour print like this one, would require working from a drawing (not life) to separate the colours... his... technique makes this not necessary and enables one to be spontaneous using as many colours as one needs.