David Hockney’s Divine

A figure wearing a pastel striped robe sits in a golden chair in front of a deep patterned wall
David Hockney, Divine, 1979, Carnegie Museum of Art

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David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Celebrated for his Pop Art era paintings of Los Angeles swimming pools and English landscapes, he has created portraits of family, friends, and other artists throughout his career.

This work depicts the legendary actor and drag queen Divine, who was an underground star known for performing in John Waters movies. The vibrant colors and patterns exemplify Hockney’s sunny California influences and Divine’s larger than life persona.