CELIA BIRTWELL, 31ST AUGUST, 1ST, 2ND SEPTEMBER 2015
Since they first met in 1960s, the textile designer Celia Birtwell has remined one of Hockney’s closest friends. Birtwell and her previous husband, the fashion designer Ossie Clark, were the subject of the artist’s famous double portrait Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy (1970-71; Tate). Since then Birtwell has continued to be his most regular female model. When she visited Hockney in the summer of 2015, she was accompanied by her husband, Andy Palmer, and her granddaughter, Isabelle Clark, both of whose portraits can also be seen here.