But Is it Art? Tom Daley Poses Nude for Painter David Hockney

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A Tom Daley nude portrait by artist David Hockney has gotten the diver’s seal of approval: Daley stopped by the esteemed Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to check out “82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life,” a new exhibition by the 81-year-old gay artist. Husband Dustin Lance Black snapped an Instagram of the out diver recreating the charcoal-and-crayon drawing’s revealing pose.

Daley was was a little embarrassed his mother—who he brought to the museum with hubby Dustin Lance Black—saw him in the altogether, writing “My mum saw me naked!” In a subsequent YouTube video, he revealed the outing was the first art gallery for newborn son Robbie Ray. (Daley and Black welcomed their son, named after Daley’s late father, into the world last month.)

While Daley covers his privates in the picture, his balls poke out slightly—prompting Black to tease mom Debbie Daley that she’d probably seen them before. “Quite a few times,” she replied. “Probably more times than you, Lance!’

‘Well that was definitely weird,’ Tom added. ‘My mum, and my son, seeing me naked. I know my mum’s seen me naked but I was very young when that happened.’

It’s fitting Daley posed for Hockney, who became acclaimed internationally for his watercolor paintings of swimming pools and sunbathers in 1960s Southern California.

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“Peter Getting out of Nick’s Pool” by David Hockney

A recent Hockney exhibition at the Tate in London drew nearly a half-million visitors, a record for the museum.

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