Self Portrait is a signed lithograph by British artist David Hockney, and is a part of the artist’s Portraits collection. Issued in 1980 in an edition of 30, this lithograph depicts the much loved British artist David Hockney in his early forties.
This portrait, framed by a roughly sketched square, was released in 1980 in an edition of 30. Forty-three at the time of creating this self portrait, Hockney is sat side on. The rough, brisk strokes, loose in their application, still capture a wonderful likeness of the artist, who appears lost in thought or focusing on another matter entirely, almost completely unaware of the viewer watching him. At this time, living between Los Angeles and London, Hockney was already a well-known, loved figure in the art world, pioneering British art.
Having created over 300 self-portraits throughout his artistic career, this portrait is just one of many.This subtle sadness present in this rendering lends it a sombre air, more sincere than other iterations of his own likeness.