Kenneth Hockney Dies

In February, Hockney’s father passes away. Hockney returns home to Bradford, England, for the funeral and to spend time with his mother. 

Study of Artist's Father, for 'My Parents and Myself', 1976
Study of Artist's Father, for 'My Parents and Myself', 1976

Concerning Tate's acquisitions

In London in February, Hockney writes an article for publication on March 4 in the Observer—a plea to Tate to stop favoring abstract art in its acquisitions. 

We know that art can be full of joy, and my criticism of the Tate’s present attitude is that it is so narrow, so biased in favor of joyless and soulless and theoretical art. In taking this narrow view, they are also being extremely arrogant. It is a view they are trying to impose on the public.

Prints at Gemini G.E.L. and Tyler Graphics

In L.A., Hockney works with Gemini G.E.L. on lithographs of Celia Birtwell and Ann Upton. He then moves on to Tyler Graphics where he makes more lithographic portraits, among them Joe McDonald and Henry Geldzahler.

A Lot More of Ann Combing her Hair
Ann Putting on Lipstick
Ann Combing Her Hair
Celia Musing
Celia Weary
Celia Amused
Celia Inquiring
Celia Elegant
Celia Adjusting her Eyelash
Celia Reclining
Albert Clark
Jerry Sohn
Albert and George Clark
Two Vases of Cut Flowers and a Liriope Plant

Portraits aren’t just made up of drawing, they are made up of other insights as well. Celia is one of the few girls I know really well. I’ve drawn her so many times and knowing her makes it always slightly different. I don’t bother getting the likeness in her face because I know it so well. She has many faces and I think if you looked through all the drawings I’ve done of her, you’d see that they don’t look alike.

Byron on Hand
Joe with David Harte
Joe with Green Window
Ann Seated in Director's Chair
Johnny and Lindsay
Study of Byron
The Commissioner
Bora Bora

L.A. portraits

He continues to work in acrylic for his new paintings, producing portraits at a swift pace. One of his most striking sitters is Divine, introduced to [NESTED]Hockney by artist Don Bachardy at Divine’s request. Hockney takes the opportunity to experiment with his fresh, California-inspired painterly style, capturing the flamboyant actor and beloved personality full figure, with distant gaze but raw visage.

Divine, GA 083 p. 37
Divine, GA 083 p. 37
Divine, 1979
Divine III
Divine VI
Ken Tyler
Ann Upton Combing Her Hair
Santa Monica Boulevard
Kas Reading 'Professor Seagull'

A new house in the Hollywood Hills

Hockney takes up residence in a highly perched house in the Hollywood Hills sharing it with Gregory Evans.

GA-091 p. 10



  • Paper Pools, André Emmerich Gallery, New York (Jan 6–27).
  • Prints, 1954–1977, Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham (Jan 20–Feb 24); touring exhibition organized by Scottish Arts Council and Petersburg Press; catalogue with a text by Andrew Brighton.
  • Paper Pools, Warehouse Gallery, London (Feb 6–28).
  • Paper Pools, Artists Market, London (Feb).
  • David Hockney, Knoedler Gallery, London (Feb).
  • David Hockney, André Emmerich Gallery, New York (Mar).
  • The Blue Guitar, Museum of Modern Art, New York (Apr 10–Jul 10).
  • Prints and Drawings, Octagon Gallery, Belfast (May 16–Jun 8).
  • Thirty Second Aldeburgh Festival – David Hockney: Prints, drawings and paintings, Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, Snape Maltings, Snape, U.K. (Jun 8–25).
  • David Hockney, Gimpel-Hannover and André Emmerich Galleries, Zurich (Sep 1–Oct 13).
  • David Hockney, Frances Aronson Gallery, Atlanta, GA (Oct–Nov 2).
  • David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, 1979-80, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Nov 9, 1979–Jan 1, 1980)


  • Images of Self, Hampshire College Gallery, Amherst (Feb 19–Mar 14); catalogue.
  • Narrative Paintings: Figurative Art of Two Generations, Arnolfini, Bristol (Sep 1–Oct 20); travels to London, Stoke-on-Trent, and Edinburgh; catalogue.
  • Shakespeare: The Globe and the World, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco (Oct–Dec 1979); travels to The William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, MO (Feb–May 1980); Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, (Jun–Sep 1980); Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (Oct 1980–Jan 1981); The High Museum of Art, Atlanta (Feb–Apr 1981).
  • This Knot of Life: Current British Painting and Drawing, Part I, L.A. Louver, Venice, California (Oct 23–Nov 17); catalogue.
  • British Art Show, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield (Dec 1, 1979–Jan 27, 1980); organized by the Arts Council of Great Britain, travels to Laing Art Gallery and Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne; Arnolfini, Bristol; and elsewhere; catalogue.
  • Four Painters: Derek Boshier, Bridget Riley, David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, Scottish National Gallery of Art, Edinburgh (Dec 1979–Feb 1980).



  • Pictures by David Hockney, edited by Nikos Stangos, introduction by David Hockney, London: Thames & Hudson; New York: Harry N. Abrams.