Peter Langan was the infamous proprietor of Odin’s, a brasserie popular with the many creative and eccentric characters of 1960’s London.
Famous as much for his extreme alcoholism as for his love of art and artists, Langan was adored by Hockney and his circle, all of whom frequented the restaurant. The dining room of Odin’s was adorned with several of Hockney’s pictures as well as works by his contemporaries including Patrick Procktor and Ron Kitaj, all given by the artists in exchange for meals. This patchwork of contemporary art would come to define the character of the legendary London eatery.
Hockney made several portraits of the famous restauranteur, including this soulful and beautifully observed etching.