THE HOCKNEY Trail has been officially unveiled by Welcome to Yorkshire, allowing visitors to walk in the footsteps of Britain’s most famous living artist.
The route, designed to encompass many of the sites that have inspired David Hockney to create his art, was announced at the organisation’s Y12 meeting last Wednesday.
The trail is based on the road between Bridlington and York that Hockney took almost every day for three months in 1997 when visiting his seriously ill friend Jonathan Silver at Salt Mills.
It was the inspiration Hockney gained during these journeys that led to him painting his first East Yorkshire landscapes.
The Hockney Trail is designed to encourage people to explore the back roads and little lanes which connect the villages throughout East Yorkshire.
Initially it was unclear whether the Hockney trail would include Bridlington because of fears that determined explorers would track down the artist’s studio. However after liaising with David Hockney, trail organisers felt there would be anger if Bridlington was not included, having played such a part in the artist’s life, and decided the town was big enough that there would be no major invasion of his privacy.
A spokesperson for Welcome to Yorkshire said: “David Hockney rediscovered the Wolds on his journeys from Bridlington to Salts Mill.
“He explored the small, single track roads, stopping at the roadsides to take in the views and vistas. That’s what we want people to do too using this guide, to really get out and explore the Wolds and appreciate what a wonderful part of the country it is.”
Although some of the locations for Hockney’s drawings and paintings are identified along the route, the idea of the trail is not for people to just stand where the artist stood whilst creating his work but to explore the landscape as it is brought alive by the changing seasons.
David Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Picture Exhibition’ at the Royal Academy in London this spring has brought much attention to East Yorkshire, with increasing numbers of visitors eager to find out more about the landscape from which the artist has drawn so much inspiration.
l David Hockney has been nominated for a prestigious South Bank award for his ‘A Bigger Picture’ exhibition at The Royal Academy.
Hockney will go head to head in the visual arts category with Grayson Perry’s ‘The Unknown Craftsman’ exhibition at the British Museum during the awards ceremony held on May 1.