Tree in Hockney painting is damaged

A tree in Woldgate which features in a David Hockney painting has been chopped. (submitted)
A tree in Woldgate which features in a David Hockney painting has been chopped. (submitted)

A tree depicted in a painting by world-famous artist and Bridlington resident David Hockney has been chopped.

The tree is in Woldgate, Bridlington, close to Wandale Farm, however the cause of the damage is unknown.

Simon Gregson, 46, of The Avenue, Bridlington, noticed the damage to the famous tree and said: “It has been effectively cut in two with all the branches cut down and left as trash in the hedgerow.”

Last year a tree stump, also in Woldgate, which was portrayed in the Hockney painting ‘Winter Timber’ was chain-sawed and daubed in graffiti.

A painting of the tree, entitled ‘Woldgate Tree’ was featured in an Hockney exhibition, A Bigger Picture, last year at the Royal Academy in London, which also portrayed many other parts of East Yorkshire.

The painting, done in 2006, forms part of a series of Hockney paintings entitled A Year in Yorkshire.

It even features on a fridge magnet sold at the Royal Academy.

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “David Hockney has done an immense amount of good for this area. It is very sad to hear that one of the trees he painted has been damaged.

“From a cultural and tourist perspective he has really put the area on the map in a regional and international way, and I think it has led to an increase in visitors who come to trace the Hockney trail.

“It is immensely important in these times as tourism is vital. It is probably the biggest part of the economy we have got, and it is beneficial for everybody’s civic wellbeing.”