David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century—from his use of Polaroids, to his current fascination with the iPad, Hockney’s roots in the Pop Art movement of the ‘60’s are ever present.
So, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, Hockney took to his iPad while watching the festivities on television, and created an image of Her Majesty's journey down the Thames. Called The End Of The Regatta, it captures both the brilliant crimson of the Royal Barge and the unrelenting rain. The viewer is left questioning whether the painting's title is meant to be literal or an ironic device.
While The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are only tiny figures at the center of the image with the hero more the Tower Bridge and the river itself, It is notable that this the first time Hockney has agreed to paint an image of the Queen—the last time he reportedly “politely declined on the grounds that he was too busy painting her country.”
The image will be to the Queen to add to the Royal Collection, which has portraits dating back to the 16th Century.