David Hockney was born in Bradford and is recognised worldwide as one of the greatest living artists. He's spent most of his life between Yorkshire and California, where in the 60's and 70's he was at the for front of the 'pop art movement' with his contemporary art.
More recently Hockney has achieved global acclaim with his "Bigger Picture" exhibition of massive canvasses showing scenes from his beloved Yorkshire Wolds from when he came back to live in Bridlington for a number of years.
Our trip today will drive out to the Yorkshire Wolds where we will be able to see the flat agricultural landscape with ist lone trees and hedgerows that so inspired Hockney. We'll see the sweet shop colours of the fields he painted change colour over the seasons.
We will stop and see the exact locations where he painted 5 of his key collection of paintings for this Yorkshire inspired collection.
After lunch we will head to Saltaire and visit Salts Mill.
Salts Mill closed for textile production in 1986, but was rescued by local entrepreneur Jonathan Silver, who bought the Mill and turned it into an Art Gallery. There is also a permanent Exhibition of his friend David Hockney’s work which attracts thousands of visitors a year and is a reminder of the power of his work.
This is one of the largest collections of Hockney's work in a fabulous setting. Salts Mill aslo contains a number of shops and cafe's where we can take refreshments and there will be a chance to buy many Hockney related gifts!