Artist turned down Queen request

David Hockney

David Hockney

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YORKSHIRE artist David Hockney has revealed he turned down a request to paint the Queen because he was “very busy”.

The 74-year-old told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme she would make a “terrific subject” but he prefers to paint people he knows.

“When I was asked I told them I was very busy painting England actually. Her country,” he said.

An exhibition showcasing his landscape work will be shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in London next year.

The exhibition will feature three groups of new work created since 2005 when the artist returned to live in Bridlington.

Hockney divides his time Bridlington and California.

Speaking at the London launch of David Hockney: A Bigger Picture, the artist said: “I generally only paint people I know, I’m not a flatterer really.

“I’ve been requested and it’s actually a terrific subject, but I require a bit of time.”

The artist, who was born in Bradford, has embraced new technology in his recent works, using iPhones and iPads as tools for making art.