Hockney's work to be splashed across billboards up and down the country

Hockney's work to be splashed across billboards up and down the country

David Hockney

Hockney's portrait of his late parents Laura and Kenneth Hockney

First published in News

THE work of 25 artists, living and dead, will be splashed across 30,000 billboards throughout the country from Monday - including a picture painted 37 years ago by David Hockney.

The Bradford-born artist's double portrait of his late parents Laura and Kenneth Hockney topped the list as the nation's favourite in a poll of more than 38,000 people on Facebook.

Hockney's work will be shown along with work by John Constable, Grayson Perry, Henry Moore, William Blake and Hans Holbein the Younger.

More than 30,000 billboards and outdoor sites across the UK will display the selection of works. They will include bus shelters, digital poster screens and within more than 2,000 black cabs in London during the exhibition from July 21 to August 31.

This will make it the UK's biggest art exhibition, say the organisers Art Everywhere. But whether the people of Bradford will be able to see the Hockney painting on a billboard here, Art Everywhere was not able to say at the time of publication.

Hockney himself is in Los Angeles, where he has been for the past year or more, and is said to be busily painting portraits.

He painted the portrait of his parents in 1977, six or seven years after his celebrated double portrait of the late fashion designer Ossie Clark and his-then wife Celia Birtwell, Hockney's favourite model.

The seven-strong Hockney family - there were four sons and a daughter - were raised in Steadman Terrace, just off Leeds Road, and then Hutton Terrace, Eccleshill.

One of his brothers Paul, former Lord Mayor of Bradford and leader of the-then Liberal Group on Bradford Council, told the T&A: "When we moved to Eccleshill we went to Eccleshill Methodist Church. We used to put on youth club gang shows and David always did a spot.

"He drew caricatures of people, quick drawings, and gave them away. He always used to draw pictures in the front of hymn books. He always wanted to be an artist."

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1962, where he won the gold medal for painting, Hockney has established an international reputation as a painter, printer, photographer, author and latterly film-maker.

In 2012 the show of his paintings and films of East Yorkshire called A Bigger Picture occupied all 12 exhibition rooms at London's Royal Academy and subsequently toured in Europe and the United States.

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council's executive member for Employment, Skills and Culture, said: "I am delighted that David Hockney has once again been voted the nation's favourite. He is a magnificent artist and one of Bradford's own. We are proud to have a number of Hockney’s early works in Bradford’s collection."

Cartwright Hall in Lister Park is putting on a Hockney exhibition later this year. It opens on October 18 and will give a broad introduction to the artist's range of work in painting, printing and photography, techniques used and subject matter.

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9:19am Fri 18 Jul 14

FinlandStation says...

Cllr. Hinchcliffe missing the point again. Like so many of ‘Bradford’s Own’, Hockney left to become successful and, when he did return to Yorkshire, it was to Bridlington, not Bradford. Perhaps if Bradford wasn’t such a festering dump in the middle of a cultural desert he might have returned to his birthplace.

What is our culture commissar, Cllr Hinchcliffe, doing about improving things?
Cllr. Hinchcliffe missing the point again. Like so many of ‘Bradford’s Own’, Hockney left to become successful and, when he did return to Yorkshire, it was to Bridlington, not Bradford. Perhaps if Bradford wasn’t such a festering dump in the middle of a cultural desert he might have returned to his birthplace. What is our culture commissar, Cllr Hinchcliffe, doing about improving things? FinlandStation
  • Score: 1

9:23am Fri 18 Jul 14

pcmanners says...

The state should not own works of art. The Council’s Hockneys should be sold on the open market.
The state should not own works of art. The Council’s Hockneys should be sold on the open market. pcmanners
  • Score: -2

9:31am Fri 18 Jul 14

bachtothefuture says...

Since Councillor Hinchcliffe is so proud of her early Hockneys why hasn’t she got them on display? Or are they out on loan to favoured members of the BMDC politburo?
Since Councillor Hinchcliffe is so proud of her early Hockneys why hasn’t she got them on display? Or are they out on loan to favoured members of the BMDC politburo? bachtothefuture
  • Score: 3

9:36am Fri 18 Jul 14

bluebluerobin says...

It’s a great pity the Labour Group and Councillor Hinchcliffe didn’t get their act together and ensure the Hockney exhibition was running at the time of the TDF. It would have provided the draw for tourists that Bradford and Councillor Hinchcliffe’s Visit Bradford so conspicuously failed to provide.
It’s a great pity the Labour Group and Councillor Hinchcliffe didn’t get their act together and ensure the Hockney exhibition was running at the time of the TDF. It would have provided the draw for tourists that Bradford and Councillor Hinchcliffe’s Visit Bradford so conspicuously failed to provide. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 12

9:44am Fri 18 Jul 14

ChanningCross says...

bluebluerobin wrote:
It’s a great pity the Labour Group and Councillor Hinchcliffe didn’t get their act together and ensure the Hockney exhibition was running at the time of the TDF. It would have provided the draw for tourists that Bradford and Councillor Hinchcliffe’s Visit Bradford so conspicuously failed to provide.
This is sooo unfair. Susan is such a wonderful Councillor and super person who works tirelessly to make Bradford a better place. She has had some real successes this year. She distributed thousands of leaflets to the TDF visitors and her Buck Lane project will bring hundreds and hundreds of new jobs to Bradford.

Bradford is the greatest city in Yorkshire with the best Council ever. Stop knocking its success.
[quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: It’s a great pity the Labour Group and Councillor Hinchcliffe didn’t get their act together and ensure the Hockney exhibition was running at the time of the TDF. It would have provided the draw for tourists that Bradford and Councillor Hinchcliffe’s Visit Bradford so conspicuously failed to provide.[/p][/quote]This is sooo unfair. Susan is such a wonderful Councillor and super person who works tirelessly to make Bradford a better place. She has had some real successes this year. She distributed thousands of leaflets to the TDF visitors and her Buck Lane project will bring hundreds and hundreds of new jobs to Bradford. Bradford is the greatest city in Yorkshire with the best Council ever. Stop knocking its success. ChanningCross
  • Score: -10

9:54am Fri 18 Jul 14

Farsley Bantam says...

FinlandStation wrote:
Cllr. Hinchcliffe missing the point again. Like so many of ‘Bradford’s Own’, Hockney left to become successful and, when he did return to Yorkshire, it was to Bridlington, not Bradford. Perhaps if Bradford wasn’t such a festering dump in the middle of a cultural desert he might have returned to his birthplace.

What is our culture commissar, Cllr Hinchcliffe, doing about improving things?
By choosing Bridlington he some how managed to live in one of the few places in the world that is an even bigger sh1thole than Bradford. A truly horrible place.
He moved there for the surrounding countryside though.
[quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: Cllr. Hinchcliffe missing the point again. Like so many of ‘Bradford’s Own’, Hockney left to become successful and, when he did return to Yorkshire, it was to Bridlington, not Bradford. Perhaps if Bradford wasn’t such a festering dump in the middle of a cultural desert he might have returned to his birthplace. What is our culture commissar, Cllr Hinchcliffe, doing about improving things?[/p][/quote]By choosing Bridlington he some how managed to live in one of the few places in the world that is an even bigger sh1thole than Bradford. A truly horrible place. He moved there for the surrounding countryside though. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: -1

10:22am Fri 18 Jul 14

Albion. says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
FinlandStation wrote:
Cllr. Hinchcliffe missing the point again. Like so many of ‘Bradford’s Own’, Hockney left to become successful and, when he did return to Yorkshire, it was to Bridlington, not Bradford. Perhaps if Bradford wasn’t such a festering dump in the middle of a cultural desert he might have returned to his birthplace.

What is our culture commissar, Cllr Hinchcliffe, doing about improving things?
By choosing Bridlington he some how managed to live in one of the few places in the world that is an even bigger sh1thole than Bradford. A truly horrible place.
He moved there for the surrounding countryside though.
I quite like Brid.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: Cllr. Hinchcliffe missing the point again. Like so many of ‘Bradford’s Own’, Hockney left to become successful and, when he did return to Yorkshire, it was to Bridlington, not Bradford. Perhaps if Bradford wasn’t such a festering dump in the middle of a cultural desert he might have returned to his birthplace. What is our culture commissar, Cllr Hinchcliffe, doing about improving things?[/p][/quote]By choosing Bridlington he some how managed to live in one of the few places in the world that is an even bigger sh1thole than Bradford. A truly horrible place. He moved there for the surrounding countryside though.[/p][/quote]I quite like Brid. Albion.
  • Score: 6

10:26am Fri 18 Jul 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Albion. wrote:
Farsley Bantam wrote:
FinlandStation wrote:
Cllr. Hinchcliffe missing the point again. Like so many of ‘Bradford’s Own’, Hockney left to become successful and, when he did return to Yorkshire, it was to Bridlington, not Bradford. Perhaps if Bradford wasn’t such a festering dump in the middle of a cultural desert he might have returned to his birthplace.

What is our culture commissar, Cllr Hinchcliffe, doing about improving things?
By choosing Bridlington he some how managed to live in one of the few places in the world that is an even bigger sh1thole than Bradford. A truly horrible place.
He moved there for the surrounding countryside though.
I quite like Brid.
Each to their own. Personally I think it's like Holmewood-on-Sea. Someone I know is a prison officer and he refuses to go to Brid because he bumps into so many ex cons!
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: Cllr. Hinchcliffe missing the point again. Like so many of ‘Bradford’s Own’, Hockney left to become successful and, when he did return to Yorkshire, it was to Bridlington, not Bradford. Perhaps if Bradford wasn’t such a festering dump in the middle of a cultural desert he might have returned to his birthplace. What is our culture commissar, Cllr Hinchcliffe, doing about improving things?[/p][/quote]By choosing Bridlington he some how managed to live in one of the few places in the world that is an even bigger sh1thole than Bradford. A truly horrible place. He moved there for the surrounding countryside though.[/p][/quote]I quite like Brid.[/p][/quote]Each to their own. Personally I think it's like Holmewood-on-Sea. Someone I know is a prison officer and he refuses to go to Brid because he bumps into so many ex cons! Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 5

12:19pm Fri 18 Jul 14

pellethead says...

pcmanners wrote:
The state should not own works of art. The Council’s Hockneys should be sold on the open market.
Lets assume the council did sell their art collection. What would you propose they did with the money?
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: The state should not own works of art. The Council’s Hockneys should be sold on the open market.[/p][/quote]Lets assume the council did sell their art collection. What would you propose they did with the money? pellethead
  • Score: 7

1:28pm Fri 18 Jul 14

northern pig says...

ChanningCross wrote:
bluebluerobin wrote:
It’s a great pity the Labour Group and Councillor Hinchcliffe didn’t get their act together and ensure the Hockney exhibition was running at the time of the TDF. It would have provided the draw for tourists that Bradford and Councillor Hinchcliffe’s Visit Bradford so conspicuously failed to provide.
This is sooo unfair. Susan is such a wonderful Councillor and super person who works tirelessly to make Bradford a better place. She has had some real successes this year. She distributed thousands of leaflets to the TDF visitors and her Buck Lane project will bring hundreds and hundreds of new jobs to Bradford.

Bradford is the greatest city in Yorkshire with the best Council ever. Stop knocking its success.
Bradford is the greatest city in Yorkshire!!! Can you get me some of the drugs your on?
[quote][p][bold]ChanningCross[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: It’s a great pity the Labour Group and Councillor Hinchcliffe didn’t get their act together and ensure the Hockney exhibition was running at the time of the TDF. It would have provided the draw for tourists that Bradford and Councillor Hinchcliffe’s Visit Bradford so conspicuously failed to provide.[/p][/quote]This is sooo unfair. Susan is such a wonderful Councillor and super person who works tirelessly to make Bradford a better place. She has had some real successes this year. She distributed thousands of leaflets to the TDF visitors and her Buck Lane project will bring hundreds and hundreds of new jobs to Bradford. Bradford is the greatest city in Yorkshire with the best Council ever. Stop knocking its success.[/p][/quote]Bradford is the greatest city in Yorkshire!!! Can you get me some of the drugs your on? northern pig
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Farsley Bantam says...

northern pig wrote:
ChanningCross wrote:
bluebluerobin wrote:
It’s a great pity the Labour Group and Councillor Hinchcliffe didn’t get their act together and ensure the Hockney exhibition was running at the time of the TDF. It would have provided the draw for tourists that Bradford and Councillor Hinchcliffe’s Visit Bradford so conspicuously failed to provide.
This is sooo unfair. Susan is such a wonderful Councillor and super person who works tirelessly to make Bradford a better place. She has had some real successes this year. She distributed thousands of leaflets to the TDF visitors and her Buck Lane project will bring hundreds and hundreds of new jobs to Bradford.

Bradford is the greatest city in Yorkshire with the best Council ever. Stop knocking its success.
Bradford is the greatest city in Yorkshire!!! Can you get me some of the drugs your on?
I'm pretty sure they were taking the p1ss.
[quote][p][bold]northern pig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChanningCross[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: It’s a great pity the Labour Group and Councillor Hinchcliffe didn’t get their act together and ensure the Hockney exhibition was running at the time of the TDF. It would have provided the draw for tourists that Bradford and Councillor Hinchcliffe’s Visit Bradford so conspicuously failed to provide.[/p][/quote]This is sooo unfair. Susan is such a wonderful Councillor and super person who works tirelessly to make Bradford a better place. She has had some real successes this year. She distributed thousands of leaflets to the TDF visitors and her Buck Lane project will bring hundreds and hundreds of new jobs to Bradford. Bradford is the greatest city in Yorkshire with the best Council ever. Stop knocking its success.[/p][/quote]Bradford is the greatest city in Yorkshire!!! Can you get me some of the drugs your on?[/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure they were taking the p1ss. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 7

2:45pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Albion. says...

pellethead wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
The state should not own works of art. The Council’s Hockneys should be sold on the open market.
Lets assume the council did sell their art collection. What would you propose they did with the money?
Wouldn't that be dependent on the amount raised?
[quote][p][bold]pellethead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: The state should not own works of art. The Council’s Hockneys should be sold on the open market.[/p][/quote]Lets assume the council did sell their art collection. What would you propose they did with the money?[/p][/quote]Wouldn't that be dependent on the amount raised? Albion.
  • Score: 1

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