Frank Bowling, Mirror 1966
Peter Blake, Portrait of David Hockney in a Hollywood Spanish Interior 1965
The 1960s was a period of social as well as artistic change. In a statement of rebellion and aspiration, Bowling shows himself both swinging rebelliously over, and gently descending from the staircase that linked the anarchic Royal College of Art to the established serenity of the V&A Museum as a symbol. In the same year, Blake painted Bowling's colleague David Hockney in front of a Michael Cooper photograph of a young man in tight shorts lingering on another staircase, an image of sexual rebellion in a world where homosexuality was still illegal.