David Hockney’s Stephen Hawking portraits draw greats together | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

David Hockney at work on an iPad portrait of Stephen Hawking, now showing at the Science Museum

Meeting of minds … David Hockney at work on an iPad portrait of Stephen Hawking, which is now showing at the Science Museum. Photograph: Judith Croasdell

I wrote a while ago about Jake and Dinos Chapman‘s horrendous and crass portrayal of the physicist Stephen Hawking in their sculpture Ubermensch. I vaguely wondered at the time what a David Hockney portrait of the same great man of our time might look like … but had no idea he’d actually created one. Visiting London’s Science Museum recently I was transfixed by a sensitive, affectionate and acute drawing of Hawking in its 70th birthday display about his life and work.

The portrait was done in the linear style of Picasso‘s 1920s drawings and that meant it must be by … yes, Hockney.

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