Special screening of David Hockney documentary

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The work of David Hockney will be celebrated with a special screening and conversation with director Bruno Wollheim.

The free event, at Bradford’s Cartwright Hall, will commemorate Bigger Trees Near Warter, the artist’s largest and most ambitious work to date, currently on display at the venue.

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture, which follows the Bradford-born artist over a three-year period as he paints the East Yorkshire landscape, will be screened on Sunday, February 5, 1-2.30pm.

Mr Wollheim had unprecedented access to the artist when filming the documentary, which was originally screened on BBC1 in June 2009.

It provides revealing insights into the artist’s work including his views on photography and its place in his art and how pictures are the product of subjective experience.

It also follows him as he works on canvases in the open air, including setting up an easel with his assistant to start on Bigger Trees Near Warter. This piece of work is comprised of 50 separate panels and it features two copses, a huge sycamore tree, buildings and early flowering daffodils.

The painting will be on display at Cartwright Hall until Sunday, March 4. Entry is free.

Coun David Green, the council’s executive member for culture, said yesterday: “There has already been a huge amount of interest in this painting since it went on display last October, but I hope this special screening and conversation with Bruno Wollheim will encourage many more people to visit the venue and gain an appreciation of the Bradford-born artist’s work.”