The Queen presents David Hockney with top award

David Hockney meets the Queen
David Hockney meets the Queen

DESPITE turning down a knighthood in the past, Bridlington’s most famous resident was at Buckingham Palace last week where he was made a member of the Order of Merit by the Queen.

David Hockney, who lives in the town and has based his recent work on local countryside, joins the select band of members of the Order of Merit.

The honour is presented to high achievers in the arts, learning, literature, science and other areas.

The latest exhibition from Hockney, 74, attracted record crowds to the Royal Academy of Art in London.

Crowds of more than half a million flocked to see the Wolds-inspired A Bigger Picture, which featured artwork based on local countryside – in particular Woldgate.

The exhibition has now moved to Bilbao in Spain, where there will also be a conference called An Introduction To David Hockney’s Yorkshire Landscapes, which will describe the places in East Yorkshire to have inspired the artist.

The presentation was the second time in as many days that Hockney met the Queen.

The artist was amongst guests attending a Diamond Jubilee celebration of the arts at the Royal Academy of Arts visited by the Queen, which saw hundreds of celebrities from the worlds of music, dance and art gathered to pay tribute to the Queen.