Summary

This witty, simple line etching commemorates the marriage of Hockney's friends David Graves and Ann Upton. While on holiday in Hawaii, the couple decided to get married, and Hockney became their wedding photographer. He produced a wall-sized photographic triptych of the occasion, The Wedding of David and Ann in Hawaii 20 May 1983 (1983). Ann Upton met Hockney in 1960, and became his model around 1962. Graves met Hockney at the opening night of The Rake's Progress at the Glyndebourne Opera, 1975, which Hockney designed. A practising sculptor, Graves was working at the time as a paper restorer at Petersburg Press, with a studio opposite Hockney's in London. By the late 1970s he was working as Hockney's assistant, helping with stage sets and later with the preparation and editioning of Hockney's composite photographs. He began to appear in Hockney's drawings from 1982 or 1983.

Further reading:
Marco Livingstone, essay and commentaries, David Hockney: Faces 1966-1984, exhibition catalogue, Laband Art Gallery, Los Angeles 1987
David Hockney: A Retrospective, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles 1988, pp.62-3

Terry Riggs
November 1997