HOCKNEY AT HOME
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).