Hockney's riposte to the barbarians

November 21 2012

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Picture: Guardian

With his beautifully observed sketch of the now vandalised 'totem' tree stump, David Hockney proves in one instant why he is (for me) the most adept, talented, communicative and relevant artist at work in Britain today. 

In The Guardian, Hockney said of the vandalism:

"It was just an unbelievably mean-spirited gesture," says Hockney as he creates a new sketch shown here.

The 75-year-old artist is convinced the stump was targeted because it had become possibly the most famous piece of dead wood in Britain after he portrayed it in several of his acclaimed landscapes of the countryside around his home in Bridlington. "It is something that has made me depressed. It was just a spite. There are loads of very mean things here now in Britain."

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