One of David Hockney’s most famous works is the painting, Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, completed in 1970-71. The painting features fashion designer Ossie Clark, textile designer Celia Birtwell, and their cat Percy in their flat. This piece is part of a series of double portraits that made Hockney an international sensation.
Hockney worked extensively on this painting, making several studies for it including a graphite on paper version at the Tate Gallery. The final piece has been praised for its striking portrayal of the couple and their surroundings with its naturalistic style.
Hockney’s love for new media has garnered him much recognition over time; however he stays true to his roots by defending paintings as art forms with his life-drawings showing his devotion to traditional art techniques.
Overall, Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy stands out as one of David Hockney’s most iconic pieces due to its striking visual portrayal of the subjects’ personalities within their environment through naturalism.