This work is one of a number of works painted at around the same time as Hockney declared his homosexuality and began to paint on the subject of homosexual love.

Hockney deals with sexuality, and his own inclinations, in a manner which is both intimate and public. The gestural style of painting incorporating graffiti in this work owes much to the influence of Dubuffet, whose work impressed Hockney with its scored textured surfaces and its use of urban graffiti as a public measure of private obsessions.


Sotheby's 1989, lot 633.

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