I don’t know what inspired this iPad picture but, it centres on the subject of style – forms of dress as well as forms of address.
I went to see the David Hockney Portraits exhibition at the Royal Academy. I admire how his first principle is to be contemporary, bright flat planes and all post-pop. But it means there’s not as much detail as sometimes one would love to see. Especially with a master colourist like him. I remember his portraits done in crayon- so tenderly, at a gallery in Paris. I’m a massive, massive fan actually. And he once sent me an email with a marvellous picture on it- but long before that I was a fan for life I think.
This is work in progress -from a group of boys by the beach in California, way back. iPad drawing. I drew this on 31st January – in the ancient Celtic Calandar that’s Imbolc – when Brigid the goddess of fire is recovering from giving birth to a young boy God. That’s a very old way of saying it’s the beginning of Spring.