New honour for artist Hockney

Artist David Hockney
Artist David Hockney

WORLD-RENOWNED artist David Hockney - who will display his work in Scarborough this year - has received a major New Year honour.

The famous pop art icon has been appointed a member of the Order of Merit by the Queen.

The title is presented to individuals of great achievement in the arts, learning, literature and sciences.

Mr Hockney, 74, who now lives in Bridlington, joins playwright Sir Tom Stoppard and former House of Commons speaker Baroness Betty Boothroyd in the exclusive club.

The artist, who moved back to the area from California, will show off his work at ‘A Festival of Yorkshire - Scarborough’ in August.

The landmark exhibition will open on Yorkshire Day, August 1, at the Woodend Arts and Craft Gallery in The Crescent and run until August 24.

The deal has been described as a “tremendous boost” for Scarborough, which will provide a huge boost to the town’s culture and heritage provision.

Andrew Clay, director at Woodend, said: “We are thrilled and honoured to be able to say that the work of David Hockney is coming.

“He is without doubt one of the greatest living artists and we think his work on paper will look stunning in our unique gallery spaces.

“I feel rather humbled to have his creative genius represented in this modern creative industries centre.”

‘A Festival of Yorkshire’ is being run in partnership between Scarborough Council and the Scarborough Urban Area Forum and is supported by tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire.

Events over the four-day festival are set to include a Made in Yorkshire exhibition, a ‘Scarborough Sings Together’ event at the Spa, guided tours at Scarborough Castle, a Yorkshire authors’ day at Scarborough Library and cookery demonstrations at the Market Hall.

After receiving the honour from the Queen, Mr Hockney made headlines again after launching an attack on artists who do not create their own work, citing Damien Hirst in his criticism.

He said: “It is a little insulting to craftsmen.

“I used to point out at art school, you can teach the craft, it’s the poetry you can’t teach. But now they try to teach the poetry and not the craft.

“You need the eye, the hand and the heart. Two won’t do.

“The other thing they said is, ‘painting is an old man’s art’. I like that.”