'Gregory', David Hockney, 1974

Potrait drawing of a man with his legs crossed

© David Hockney/Arts Council Collection

Etching

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.