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David Hockney painting of Harry Styles to go on show at National Portrait Gallery | Ents & Arts News

A painting of the pop star Harry Styles created by English artist David Hockney will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Hockney, 86, painted the As It Was singer, 29, in his art studio in Normandy, France.

The painting shows him wearing an orange and red cardigan with a pearl necklace and blue jeans.

It is among more than 30 new portraits that will be displayed for the first time when David Hockney: Drawing from Life opens on 2 November.

Styles was formerly a member of the boyband One Direction, which formed on The X Factor in 2010.

He has released three solo albums, including 2022’s Harry’s House, which went to number one on the official UK albums chart.

Portraits of Hockney’s mother, the late Laura Hockney; his friend, the fashion designer Celia Birtwell; his former partner, curator Gregory Evans; and people from the local Normandy community where he lives will be displayed at the gallery.

The exhibition was previously on display at the National Portrait Gallery for just 20 days in 2020 before it was closed due to the pandemic.

In addition to the 33 new works, there are also colour-pencil drawings created in Paris in the early 1970s and a selection of drawings from the 1980s, when the artist created a self-portrait every day over two months.

The art pieces have been rendered in pencil, pastel, ink and watercolour, with Hockney also making use of a 35mm camera and apps found on the iPhone and iPad.

Altogether around 160 works from public and private collections, including from the artist himself, comprise David Hockney: Drawing From Life.

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Pic:Jonathan Wilkinson/David Hockney/PA
Pic: Jonathan Wilkinson/David Hockney/PA

Sarah Howgate, senior curator of contemporary collections at the National Portrait Gallery, said: “Closing this five-star exhibition after just 20 days in 2020 was incredibly disappointing for the gallery and its many visitors, making this restaging of David Hockney: Drawing from Life all the more significant.

“Now revitalised with over 30 new energetic and insightful painted portraits of friends and visitors to the artist’s Normandy studio, it is a real privilege to have the opportunity to collaborate with David Hockney again.”

Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Cullinan, added: “Following our reopening and the success of a brilliant first summer, I am delighted to be restaging this major exhibition for David Hockney at the new National Portrait Gallery, which makes good on a pledge I made to David in March 2020 that we would return to his wonderful exhibition in better days.

“Hockney is one of the most internationally respected and renowned artists today, and to see his new portraits, made over the last couple of years and which demonstrate his constant and continuing ingenuity and creative force, is life-affirming.”

The National Portrait Gallery reopened in June after a three-year refurbishment costing £41.3m.

Police appeal after woman sexually assaulted at Harry Styles concert | UK News

Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in the crowd at a Harry Styles concert.

Officers have released a photograph of a man they are keen to speak to following the incident at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.

The woman was attacked after being approached from behind by a man at around 8.30pm on Wednesday 15 June last year.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said it was issuing the image a year later because officers had “utilised several lines of enquiry and are now hoping to seek fresh information”.

A spokesperson for the force added: “GMP would now like to identify this male, as they believe he could assist with their investigation”.

Harry Styles performing on the main stage during the BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend at the War Memorial Park in Coventry. Picture date: Sunday May 29, 2022.
Harry Styles on stage during a May 2022 gig in Coventry

Officers are also appealing for people to get in touch if they were at the Styles show and have “mobile phone footage from the area at the time”.

Detective Constable Grace O’Rourke, of GMP’s Trafford division, said: “We always take a robust approach to these kinds of reports and we have launched this new appeal to ensure we get justice for the victim.

“We will continue to investigate and we are asking anyone with any information to please get in touch with us.”

Harry Styles joins Brit Awards performer line-up | Ents & Arts News

Harry Styles has joined the line-up of performers for the 2023 Brit Awards, organisers have confirmed.

The former One Direction star will share the bill with Sam Smith, Kim Petras and rock duo Wet Leg for this year’s ceremony at The O2.

It follows a stint of success for the 28-year-old, who has been nominated for four awards, including album of the year for Harry’s House, song of the year for As It Was, artist of the year, and best pop/R&B act.

Harry’s House debuted at number one on the UK album charts, US Billboard 200 and more than 12 countries around the world after its release in May 2022.

Since then, it has remained in the UK Top Ten Album Chart.

Last year also saw Styles nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize, and an expansion of his acting career after landing roles in the films My Policeman and Don’t Worry Darling.

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However, he is not the only one to receive four Brit Award nominations this year, with Wet Leg also being put up for album of the year, group of the year, best new artist and best alternative rock act.

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The Isle of Wight duo, comprised of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, have won plaudits for the sardonic lyrics and angular riffs that feature on their self-titled album.

Wet Leg are among the 2022 Mercury Prize nominees. Pic: Hollie Fernando
Wet Leg. Pic: Hollie Fernando

Who else has been nominated for an award?

Building on the decision to go gender-neutral last year, the Brits have nominated 20 female artists – the most in a decade.

Elsewhere, Stormzy, The 1975, Cat Burns and dance music DJ Fred Again all received three nominations.

Artists including George Ezra, Arctic Monkeys, Nova Twins, Aitch and Dave claimed two.

FILE PHOTO: British artist Stormzy performs on the main stage at Reading Festival, in Reading, Britain, August 27, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo
Stormzy has received three Brit nominations this year

Debut nominations went to K-pop girl group Blackpink, Eurovision star Sam Ryder, Kentucky rapper Jack Harlow and British grime and hip-hop artist Kojey Radical.

In the international artist of the year category, three of America’s biggest female acts – Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lizzo – will battle it out for the prize.

Singer Lizzo performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York City, U.S., July 15, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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This year four genre categories will be decided by the public via a vote on TikTok – alternative rock act, hip hop/rap/grime act, dance act and pop/R&B act.

R&B girl group Flo were previously announced as the winners of the Rising Star award.

The Brit Awards 2023 will take place on Saturday 11 February and will be broadcast live on ITV1 and ITVX from London’s The O2 arena.