David Hockney’s Yorkshire Wolds paintings sing with sweet-shop colours, capturing views worth visiting at any time of year
David Hockney’s recent paintings have made the Yorkshire Wolds famous but to be honest some people who visit to see his landscapes go home a bit disappointed. “The landscape bears so little resemblance to Hockney’s depiction of it that seeing the two as the same thing is nigh-on impossible,” complained one journalist in 2012, before going on to lament the lack of tearooms in “this lonely rural spot”.
The disappointment is perhaps understandable but it suggests that someone is missing one of the charms of the Wolds and the paintings. Hockney’s interest is in the change in colour, light and appearance of the land, and because the Wolds is a working, heavily farmed area, it changes more often than picturesque moor or woodland.