I was flipping through a copy of Cultured Magazine at work, and I paused at this page. I’m really not the demographic for this slick publication, and I don’t know anything about photographer-turned potter John Coolidge and his partner, “painter and creative director” David Burgoyne. But the photo of these two, by Coolidge, caught my eye.
Here’s a closer look. The text mentions that they’ve “taken family self-portraits that pay homage to David Hockney.”
The article doesn’t mention any specific inspirations, but here’s David Hockney’s Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy, 1970-71 (Tate, London). It’s a portrait of fashion designers Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark, cultural icons of the Swinging Sixties. Coolidge and Burgoyne have not only posed themselves just like the Clarks, they’ve matched the composition note for note.
I’ve always thought that Hockney’s portrait of the Clarks must be looking back even further, also as an homage — to Matisse’s great Conversation of 1908-12 (Hermitage, St. Petersburg).
There really is nothing new under the sun (or inside the window).