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Tour the landscapes that inspired Hockney

David Hockney, the godfather of British art, is synonymous with America and a vivid world of swimming pools, sunshine, palm trees and luxurious living. However, his latest body of landscape work reclaims Hockney for the county of his birth - beautiful Yorkshire. And Yew Tree Cottage is the ideal base to explore the landscape that inspired him.

David Hockney's A Bigger Picture

Vivid paintings of the Yorkshire countryside are at the heart of "David Hockney's: A Bigger Picture" exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Britain's most famous living painter explained why the fields of his northern homeland became his muse for A Bigger Picture. "It's a place I kept going to - my mother lived there in the last 10 years of her life, my sister lived there 30 years. So I always kept going, "he said". And the landscape there was rather subtle and lovely there, I enjoyed it."

The Yorkshire Wolds are the inspiration for many of his Bigger Picture paintings with locations such as Garrowby Hill, Kilham, Thixendale and Woldgate Woods on display. He used the landscape he knew so well growing up as the inspiration for a bold collection of paintings, sketches, iPad and film work.

Three Trees at Thixendale

Was painted by Hockney in 2007 and is just one of many landscapes created throughout Ryedale. The actual three trees can be found near the pond on the Thixendale to Burdale road, just a short drive from Yew Tree Cottage. It's one of many perfect places for a picnic.

Hockney Bike Toure

Scoot, a York-based cycling holiday company, is offering a four-night Hockney's Bigger Ride trip round places featured in the pictures. It's inspired by the artist's own boyhood explorations of the Wolds by bike in the 1950s, when he was doing a summer job stooking corn on a farm. A real fun adventure trip!

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