David Hockney was inspired to create the artwork after a complaint about fly-tipping in Woldgate
David Hockney has created a new artwork after learning the landscape that inspired a recent painting had been blighted by fly-tipping.
He came to hear of the rubbish strewn over Woldgate in East Yorkshire after Bob Ward went to his latest exhibition and decided to visit the scene.
Dismayed by what he saw, Mr Ward took his story to BBC Look North.
When Hockney was contacted for his views, he sent the new artwork depicting the littered site.
Bradford-born Hockney, who created the art using a tablet computer, described the fly-tipping as “very sad”.
He said: “Sadly, hardly anybody ever watches the arrival of spring on Woldgate.
“It is a rarely travelled road and I think for that reason, and that it’s free, people leave trash on it. It’s all very sad.
“The very best light on Woldgate is about 6am in the summer, with long shadows from the morning sun and again nobody sees it.
“People just don’t notice the beauty, which was why I tried to capture it.”
The area, near Bridlington, features in a number of artworks by David Hockney
Mr Ward, from Leeds, had visited Woldgate after seeing Hockney’s latest exhibition at Salt’s Mill, Saltaire.
The show features 33 scenes of spring arriving in the Yorkshire Wolds, drawn by the artist on a tablet computer.
Mr Ward said he had been “utterly devastated” to discover the site was littered with rubbish.
He said: “The first few miles of the road, from Bridlington travelling in the direction of Kilham, were utterly despoiled with fly-tipped builders’ rubbish, old TV sets, electric fans and large quantities of other litter thrown from cars.”
Source:: BBC Entertainment