Brenda Zlamany / David Hockney
In this image, the Princess is threatened by her captor, RinkRank, an old man with a knife and a very long beard. She holds a stoic pose as she pleads with him. Old RinkRank reminds me of a certain contemporary villain (who I pray will not be reelected), and during this period of lockdown, I have often felt trapped and vulnerable like the Princess in this image. But eventually, she escapes by catching the old man’s beard in the window and forcing him to surrender his ladder. A hopeful tale in the end!
This etching is also significant to me because it was printed by Oona’s dad early in his 50-year friendship/collaborative relationship with David Hockney, though it was only recently signed and presented to Oona. In the photo of the print (above), an oil painting of Maurice Payne, by me, can be seen in the reflection.
My collection reminds me of the amazing community that I am part of, and it inspires me as I continue to paint during this period of social isolation. The works are stylistically diverse and I am lucky to be surrounded by the work of friends and colleagues such as Jonathan Lasker, Christian Eckart, Carl Ostendarp, Leonardo Drew, Ruth Hardinger, Ida Applebroog, William Kentridge, Odd Nerdrum, and David Hockney. But the portraits in my collection have been particularly important. When I walk into a room, the faces that I see on the walls help me to feel a little less lonely.The art that I live with has kept me going during this difficult and uncertain time.