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Wry, dry and ar­guably the most pop­u­lar Bri­tish painter alive to­day, David Hock­ney has had a big year in 2017: turn­ing 80, pub­lish­ing a su­per-sized book with Taschen and par­tak­ing in a sell-out ex­hi­bi­tion at Tate Bri­tain. If you’re a fan, this could be the mo­ment to pay homage to his motherland of York­shire. Here are three ways to do so.

GALLERY ‘I used to love go­ing as a kid – it was the only place in Brad­ford I could see real paint­ings,’ Hock­ney once said of civic art gallery Cartwright Hall. The ad­mi­ra­tion is re­cip­ro­cated: the venue gave him his own gallery for his 80th birth­day. The per­ma­nent space show­cases a bril­liant mix of his work – from a 1986 ab­stract self-por­trait to a sun-soaked Los An­ge­les 1960s swim­ming pool paint­ing, Le Plongeur, plus a recre­ation of his stu­dio ( brad­ford­mu­se­ums.org).

FILM Visit York­shire vi­car­i­ously through David Hock­ney at the Royal Acad­emy of Arts, a cin­e­matic cel­e­bra­tion of the artist’s work (in cinemas na­tion­wide from 21 Novem­ber). Cu­ra­tors go up-close to the pic­tures from the acad­emy’s last two ex­hi­bi­tions (in­clud­ing ‘82 Portraits and 1 Still-life’, left) and be­hind the scenes at Hock­ney’s stu­dio, where we meet him slap­ping oil paint onto the can­vas for Win­ter Tim­ber in Bridling­ton (above).

CEN­TRE The con­verted Salts Mill – a for­mer tex­tile mill in Vic­to­rian model vil­lage Sal­taire, now home to art, shops, stu­dios and a restau­rant – is a true Hock­ney haven. The gal­leries own one of the world’s big­gest col­lec­tions of Hock­ney’s work: on per­ma­nent show is his Ar­rival of Spring ipad-drawn se­ries, the Salts Diner for­mer fac­tory walls are lined with por­trait paint­ings and the nap­kins are printed with the artist’s dachs­hund draw­ings ( saltsmill.org.uk).

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