Muse of David Hockney and partner of Ossie Clark, Celia Birtwell is and was the most important textile designer of her generation. She has been described as the face that launched a thousand prints and her major contribution to the world of interiors and fashion has taken her on a rollercoaster ride that started with a textile design course at Salford School of Art in 1956. It was during her years here that she gained international momentum when she met the fledgling fashion designer, Ossie Clark, in the Cona Coffee Bar in Manchester.It was during the early seventies that David Hockney painted “Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy” which today remains one of the most viewed paintings in the Tate Britain gallery. In 2005 it was shortlisted for the title, ‘The Greatest British Painting’ on the BBC’s Today programme. From 1967 to 1973 Celia and Ossie were the toast of the fashion industry and dressed everyone from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, Paloma Picasso, Talitha Getty, Patty Boyd, Twiggy and Marianne Faithful all the way to the British Aristocracy. It was during this time that Dave Gilmore drove a van for Ossie before he found fame in his band, Pink Floyd.

Bob Marchant

David Hockney and Celia Birtwell relaxing in the gardens of Glyndebourne

  • Medium
  • Year
  • Size

    48 × 71.7 × 2.8 in

    122 × 182 × 7 cm

  • Material
    Oil on Canvas
  • Price
    $ 56,000
  • Edition
    This is a unique work

Bob Marchant

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