So, just who is the real David Hockney?

There’s a story Christopher Simon Sykes likes to tell about David Hockney. It was the early 1960s and, having just graduated from the Royal College of Art, he moved into a new flat where the bedroom also doubled as his studio. At the end of the small bed, which was squeezed into a corner, was a chest of drawers. “David painted a message rather carefully on the chest of drawers,” says Sykes, who secured unprecedented access to Hockney’s archive, notebooks and paintings to write a two-volume biography of the Bradford-born artist. “It said in large capital letters GET UP AND WORK IMMEDIATELY. As he said: ‘The first thing I saw every morning when I woke up was the sign, and not only did I read the sign but I remembered that I had wasted two hours painting it, so I jumped out of bed’.”

Commemorated in clay

Fired up females with feet (and hands) of clay

The decorative plate depicting punk singer Vi Subversa in clashing red, green and orange looks suitably kick-ass, especially compared with her more serious neighbour Emmeline Pankhurst, also celebrated in ceramic alongside an elegant bust of Jane Austen. They are a mixed bunch, which is exactly what Katch Skinner wanted when she asked family, friends and Facebook followers which great British women she should commemorate in clay.

PIC: James Hardisty

Broad shoulders needed as Tadcaster bridge saga unfolded

There were times over the last 12 months when many wondered whether they would ever see traffic crossing the river in Tadcaster.

Yorkshire gymnast turned performer Emily McCarthy, aged 21, in her Slippery Surface Flyers scene, straight after the interval - one of the show's many highlights.

The Leeds girl who ran away with the circus - and now stars in Cirque du Soleil

West Yorkshire lass Emily McCarthy says she would have bent over backwards to be in Cirque du Soleil – and now she does exactly that every night.


Here’s one he drew earlier: Hockney’s giant screen break

A message from David Hockney - “keep calm and carry on drawing” - is being shown on giant screens in Leeds and across the UK along with his iPad painting of his Los Angeles garden.

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YP Comment: David Hockney’s artistic legacy

DAVID Hockney has always been modest about his achievements – and talent. “The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist,” he once said.


Tate and smile: A new way of seeing Hockney

THEY ARE views of Yorkshire as individual and contrary as the artist who produced them. As the largest-ever retrospective of his work was previewed today, a surprisingly personal twist also began to emerge.

PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Lighting the way to a new future for famous Leeds site

It was once the engine room of Leeds during the Industrial Revolution. Now Granary Wharf is a symbol of the city’s transformation in the 21st Century.

Artist Andres Jaroslavsky  from York with some of his paintings.

Meet the ordinary women who became nude models to celebrate the real female form

York-based artist Andres Jaroslavsky has created a series of portraits of women of all ages. Yvette Huddleston reports.

The Arrival of Spring Exhibition by artist David Hockney. Picture by Simon Hulme

Sir Titus’s time warp: 15 years of world acclaim for Saltaire

In December 2001 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation determined that Saltaire had the same conservational significance as Stonehenge, the centre of Rome and the Taj Mahal. It was decision that caused a few raised eyebrows, but only among those who had never visited the model industrial village built in the historic textile heart of West Yorkshire.

PIC: Tony Johnson

Poetic beauty of wonderful waterfall with a past

From the Hidden Valley to the Happy Valley and back again, the area surrounding this beautiful West Yorkshire waterfall is immersed in fascinating history.

Roger Tiley's pictures of life at Kellingley Colliery

New light on the day darkness fell on Kellingley

As a small army of cameramen and journalists gathered outside Kellingley Colliery to capture the moment Britain’s last deep mine closed for ever, Roger Tiley took himself away from the melee. “I went to my van, shut the door and shed a few tears,” says the South Wales photographer who had spent the previous fortnight capturing the men at work. “I understand why the Press were there. The closure was the story, but it felt quite uncomfortable and I just needed some time on my own.

Mosiac artists Alan Butt and Rita Gav thier studio in Birstall.  
Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Piece and love: Lennon and Madonna in bits

Some artists have loft studios in London’s hipster East End. Others toil away in Parisian attics waiting for their work to be discovered. Allan Butt and Rita Gav have a converted garage on the busy Bradford Road in Batley.


‘Graffiti’ artwork with real wow factor marks the start of railway’s new season

THE NORTH Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) has marked the start of its 2017 season with a work of art.

The collaborators

The collaborators

An exhibition at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, opening next month, draws on the city’s art collections to explore how we attempt to understand the world.

The underpass at Kirkgate Station in Wakefield

Railways station subway gets an artistic makeover

A Yorkshire railway station has seen its underpass transformed into a stunning art gallery.

PIC: Ian Day

Thou shall hev a fishy when the (Whitby) boat comes in

A fishing boat slips quietly back into harbour after a day at sea, the rooftops in the background bathed in the watery sunlight of a winter’s afternoon.

February: Warrington Wolves fans at Headingley Stadium, Leeds. Picture by Tony Johnson

A leap year in pictures - all 366 of them

It all began innocently enough. On January 1, 2016, Yorkshire Post photographer Tony Johnson was experimenting with a new camera. The result was a black and white portrait of his son, carrying the skateboard he had got for Christmas. Another time, it might have become just another family photograph to go with the hundreds of others Tony had taken. Instead, it was the start of a year-long project which is about to be published in a coffee table photographic book called 366 (2016 being a leap year).


Shots in the dark over Yorkshire’s skies

The sweeping panorama from Sutton Bank, fishing boats bobbing in Whitby harbour, Swaledale hay meadows ablaze with colour – we all have our idea of that special Yorkshire view, the one that really sums up all the county has to offer. But our favourite landscapes share one thing in common. Most of us imagine them bathed in glorious sunshine, far less obscured by approaching dusk – and those are the images captured by photographers for countless greetings cards, calendars and coffee table books.

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The art of the colouring book

The art of the colouring book

The late, great David Bowie, who died a year ago this month, has inspired an unusual exhibition of work by local artists at the Civic in Barnsley.

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