The centrepiece of ‘A Festival of Yorkshire – Scarborough’ is an exhibition by the world famous Bradford-born artist David Hockney, hosted by Woodend in association with Goldmark Gallery. The exhibition will include Hockney’s Grimm’s Fairy Tales collection. Hockney began working on etchings for Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the late 60s. He had made some experiemental prints inspired by ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ in 1961 and 1962 and now wanted to make a whole book. He loved the stories and had read all 220 of them over the years. He eventually chose 12 stories but only did engravings for six.
Hockney loved the directness of the language of the Grimm Brothers and the elements of magic in the tales, and his illustrations to each of his chosen six focuss on his imaginative response to descriptions in the text rather than the more usual fashion of concentrating on the most important events in the narrative. For instance, he chose ‘Old Rinkrank’ because it starts with the words ‘A king built a glass mountain’, and he was fascinated by the problem of drawing a glass mountain. In one of the most disturbing stories, “The boy who left home to learn fear”, Hockney interprets the description of the sexton disguised as a ghost standing ‘still as a stone’ as a tall rock surrounded by stones, recalling Magritte’s paintings of ordinary objects mad out of stone.
The exhibition is free and we would urge you to take up this opportunity to see some of Hockney’s work here in Scarborough.