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David Hockney, born 1937
Ossie Seated
Materials & Techniques:
Pen and black ink and colored pencil on medium, smooth, cream wove paper
Sheet: 17 3/4 x 16 1/8in. (45.1 x 41cm)

Inscribed in black ink, lower right: " 17 Powis Terrace | London W11 | For Ossie | With love from | David | January 1966 | XXXX"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
Copyright Status:
© The Artist
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
chair | colored pencil | correspondence | figure study | genre subject | man | pencil | pencil sharpener | portrait | red | sitting | watch
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IIIF Manifest:

The late Ossie Clark, a fashion designer famous in the 1960s, was David Hockney’s one-time lover. This drawing is an eloquent and highly personal commemoration of their friendship and an outstanding demonstration of Hockney’s remarkable draftsmanship. Hockney met Clark at the Royal College of Art, and they traveled together to the United States in 1964. In the same year, Clark moved in with Celia Birtwell, whom he married in 1969. When Clark was tragically killed in 1996, he had ceased to be a celebrated figure in the world of fashion, but in more recent years his extraordinary talents as a designer have once more begun to receive recognition. Always an early adopter of new technology, Hockney has recently begun using the iPad and iPhone as his drawing tools, but this drawing, made with colored pencils and felt-tip pen, includes a pencil sharpener in the foreground, adding a witty note.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

20th Century Works on Paper (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-01-27 - 2000-04-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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