Contemporary Print Market Report
David Hockney: Celia Weary - Signed Print

Celia Weary
Signed Print

David Hockney


This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Lithograph, 1979
Signed Print Edition of 100

Critical Review

Although experimental from the outset of his career, Hockney has been consistent in considering his close acquaintances as the only appropriate subject for portraits. During the course of his fifty-year career, the artist produced only two commissioned portraits: Portrait Of Sir David Webster (1971) occasioned by the art administrator’s retirement as the General Administrator of the Royal Opera House in London and, over thirty years later, the watercolour portrait of Glydenbourne Festival Opera manager George Christie and his wife Patricia Mary Nicholson. The preference for portraying friends and relatives rather than strangers stems from Hockney’s desire to capture that which can only be accessed in the case of a close relationship with the sitter: the subtle currents of human emotions and intimacy.

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