David Hockney tree stump wrecked by ‘mean’ vandal

York Press: The vandalised tree stump near Bridlington yesterday The vandalised tree stump near Bridlington yesterday

ARTIST David Hockney says the vandalism of a famous tree stump which has featured in many of his recent paintings is an “act of spite”.

The stump, which Hockney describes as his totem, has been cut down and sprayed with red graffiti. It has inspired much of his recent depictions of The Wolds, such as Winter Timber, which he painted in 2009.

Hockney learned of the incident, at the spot a few miles from Bridlington, after returning from Cologne, which is hosting his record-breaking exhibition, A Bigger Picture. Speaking in a national newspaper, the Bridlington-based artist said: “It was just an unbelievably mean-spirited gesture.

“It is something that has made me depressed. It was just a spite. There are loads of very mean things here now in Britain.”

He said: “It had been cut down a while back because it was dead but I liked the way it was and I said to the landowners: ‘Leave it that way,’ and they did, and then somebody else comes along with a big saw. It must have taken two hours to do.”

In January 2012 The Royal Academy of Arts in London staged the first major exhibition in the UK of David Hockney’s landscape works, David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture.

More than 70 per cent of the work he exhibited used East Yorkshire as its inspiration and was specially created for the exhibition’s Main Gallery spaces, including a series of large scale works.

The world-renowned artist has now produced a series of sketches depicting the remains of the tree stump.

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11:41am Wed 21 Nov 12

RingoStarr says...

Vandalism? No, No! It's a work of art!
Vandalism? No, No! It's a work of art! RingoStarr

12:52pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Pedro says...

David Hockney's work would keep a homeless person warm all night: Clive James.
David Hockney's work would keep a homeless person warm all night: Clive James. Pedro

1:16pm Wed 21 Nov 12

BioLogic says...

Looks like it's been cut down and sprayed with a solution to completely kill the stump to aid removal. Which is what would normally be done to remove a tree stump. Did anyone think to check if the landowner had changed his mind and just removed it?
Looks like it's been cut down and sprayed with a solution to completely kill the stump to aid removal. Which is what would normally be done to remove a tree stump. Did anyone think to check if the landowner had changed his mind and just removed it? BioLogic

1:58pm Wed 21 Nov 12

alfie says...

I will take 5 minutes out of my day later to weep for the loss of this tree stump...RIP stump.
I will take 5 minutes out of my day later to weep for the loss of this tree stump...RIP stump. alfie

2:11pm Wed 21 Nov 12

an-other-resident says...

Surprised no-one has mentioned PP in the foreground
Surprised no-one has mentioned PP in the foreground an-other-resident

2:23pm Wed 21 Nov 12

lowbeam says...

David Hockney,an artist we are led to believe,get real Dave lad,jump into the real world..the real yorkshire ee by gum and all that crap.
As an "Artist" you must recognize that graffiti is an artform,some I have seen are,in my opinion better than some of your work
David Hockney,an artist we are led to believe,get real Dave lad,jump into the real world..the real yorkshire ee by gum and all that crap. As an "Artist" you must recognize that graffiti is an artform,some I have seen are,in my opinion better than some of your work lowbeam

3:21pm Wed 21 Nov 12

lowbeam says...

Nice to see Paul..peddling..very fast,shame he did not peddle faster,then he would have been out of shot!
Nice to see Paul..peddling..very fast,shame he did not peddle faster,then he would have been out of shot! lowbeam

3:24pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Gary Gilmores Eyes says...

an-other-resident says... 2:11pm Wed 21 Nov 12
‘Surprised no-one has mentioned PP in the foreground’


On topic:
Nice big log for the wood burner there!


Comedy Section:
That’s definitely not PP as the cyclist in the picture is on the correct side of the road not gesticulating wildly nor swearing at other at other legitimate road users who pay their vehicle excise duty.

Besides Bridlington already has a village idiot!
an-other-resident says... 2:11pm Wed 21 Nov 12 ‘Surprised no-one has mentioned PP in the foreground’ On topic: Nice big log for the wood burner there! Comedy Section: That’s definitely not PP as the cyclist in the picture is on the correct side of the road not gesticulating wildly nor swearing at other at other legitimate road users who pay their vehicle excise duty. Besides Bridlington already has a village idiot! Gary Gilmores Eyes

4:11pm Wed 21 Nov 12

pedalling paul says...

Gary Gilmores Eyes wrote:
an-other-resident says... 2:11pm Wed 21 Nov 12
‘Surprised no-one has mentioned PP in the foreground’


On topic:
Nice big log for the wood burner there!


Comedy Section:
That’s definitely not PP as the cyclist in the picture is on the correct side of the road not gesticulating wildly nor swearing at other at other legitimate road users who pay their vehicle excise duty.

Besides Bridlington already has a village idiot!
It definitely isn't me because I was not there.....and the road looks like a local one which is directly funded by the local Highway Authority ie NYCC from Council Tax income..

Vehicle Excise Duty (wrongly called Road Tax by some but you managed to get it right....) goes into a big pot with all our other national taxes. Some of that mix goes to the Highways Agency who fund mways plus strategic trunk roads.

The only road directly maintained by the HA in the Brid area is the A64.

Right, who's next......!
[quote][p][bold]Gary Gilmores Eyes[/bold] wrote: an-other-resident says... 2:11pm Wed 21 Nov 12 ‘Surprised no-one has mentioned PP in the foreground’ On topic: Nice big log for the wood burner there! Comedy Section: That’s definitely not PP as the cyclist in the picture is on the correct side of the road not gesticulating wildly nor swearing at other at other legitimate road users who pay their vehicle excise duty. Besides Bridlington already has a village idiot![/p][/quote]It definitely isn't me because I was not there.....and the road looks like a local one which is directly funded by the local Highway Authority ie NYCC from Council Tax income.. Vehicle Excise Duty (wrongly called Road Tax by some but you managed to get it right....) goes into a big pot with all our other national taxes. Some of that mix goes to the Highways Agency who fund mways plus strategic trunk roads. The only road directly maintained by the HA in the Brid area is the A64. Right, who's next......! pedalling paul

5:00pm Wed 21 Nov 12

PKH says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Gary Gilmores Eyes wrote:
an-other-resident says... 2:11pm Wed 21 Nov 12
‘Surprised no-one has mentioned PP in the foreground’


On topic:
Nice big log for the wood burner there!


Comedy Section:
That’s definitely not PP as the cyclist in the picture is on the correct side of the road not gesticulating wildly nor swearing at other at other legitimate road users who pay their vehicle excise duty.

Besides Bridlington already has a village idiot!
It definitely isn't me because I was not there.....and the road looks like a local one which is directly funded by the local Highway Authority ie NYCC from Council Tax income..

Vehicle Excise Duty (wrongly called Road Tax by some but you managed to get it right....) goes into a big pot with all our other national taxes. Some of that mix goes to the Highways Agency who fund mways plus strategic trunk roads.

The only road directly maintained by the HA in the Brid area is the A64.

Right, who's next......!
The A64 goes nowhere near Brid & Brid is in the East Riding of Yorkshire not NYCC
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gary Gilmores Eyes[/bold] wrote: an-other-resident says... 2:11pm Wed 21 Nov 12 ‘Surprised no-one has mentioned PP in the foreground’ On topic: Nice big log for the wood burner there! Comedy Section: That’s definitely not PP as the cyclist in the picture is on the correct side of the road not gesticulating wildly nor swearing at other at other legitimate road users who pay their vehicle excise duty. Besides Bridlington already has a village idiot![/p][/quote]It definitely isn't me because I was not there.....and the road looks like a local one which is directly funded by the local Highway Authority ie NYCC from Council Tax income.. Vehicle Excise Duty (wrongly called Road Tax by some but you managed to get it right....) goes into a big pot with all our other national taxes. Some of that mix goes to the Highways Agency who fund mways plus strategic trunk roads. The only road directly maintained by the HA in the Brid area is the A64. Right, who's next......![/p][/quote]The A64 goes nowhere near Brid & Brid is in the East Riding of Yorkshire not NYCC PKH

5:32pm Wed 21 Nov 12

bob the builder says...

PKH wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
Gary Gilmores Eyes wrote:
an-other-resident says... 2:11pm Wed 21 Nov 12
‘Surprised no-one has mentioned PP in the foreground’


On topic:
Nice big log for the wood burner there!


Comedy Section:
That’s definitely not PP as the cyclist in the picture is on the correct side of the road not gesticulating wildly nor swearing at other at other legitimate road users who pay their vehicle excise duty.

Besides Bridlington already has a village idiot!
It definitely isn't me because I was not there.....and the road looks like a local one which is directly funded by the local Highway Authority ie NYCC from Council Tax income..

Vehicle Excise Duty (wrongly called Road Tax by some but you managed to get it right....) goes into a big pot with all our other national taxes. Some of that mix goes to the Highways Agency who fund mways plus strategic trunk roads.

The only road directly maintained by the HA in the Brid area is the A64.

Right, who's next......!
The A64 goes nowhere near Brid & Brid is in the East Riding of Yorkshire not NYCC
Well done, hoist by his own bicycle chain!
[quote][p][bold]PKH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gary Gilmores Eyes[/bold] wrote: an-other-resident says... 2:11pm Wed 21 Nov 12 ‘Surprised no-one has mentioned PP in the foreground’ On topic: Nice big log for the wood burner there! Comedy Section: That’s definitely not PP as the cyclist in the picture is on the correct side of the road not gesticulating wildly nor swearing at other at other legitimate road users who pay their vehicle excise duty. Besides Bridlington already has a village idiot![/p][/quote]It definitely isn't me because I was not there.....and the road looks like a local one which is directly funded by the local Highway Authority ie NYCC from Council Tax income.. Vehicle Excise Duty (wrongly called Road Tax by some but you managed to get it right....) goes into a big pot with all our other national taxes. Some of that mix goes to the Highways Agency who fund mways plus strategic trunk roads. The only road directly maintained by the HA in the Brid area is the A64. Right, who's next......![/p][/quote]The A64 goes nowhere near Brid & Brid is in the East Riding of Yorkshire not NYCC[/p][/quote]Well done, hoist by his own bicycle chain! bob the builder

5:56pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Wanderer in Canada says...

The A64 does not GO to Brid but Staxton (next to the road) is only 12 miles from Brid so you could argue it is in the "Brid area".

Not sure I can help PP with it moving into NYCC though. It's not been in the same administrative area since before 1974.
The A64 does not GO to Brid but Staxton (next to the road) is only 12 miles from Brid so you could argue it is in the "Brid area". Not sure I can help PP with it moving into NYCC though. It's not been in the same administrative area since before 1974. Wanderer in Canada

9:32pm Wed 21 Nov 12

pedalling paul says...

Oh you silly billies. The point is that the only road in that neck of the woods that is managed by the Highways Agency, hence with a smidgeon of VED contribution by motor vehicle owners, is the A64
Oh you silly billies. The point is that the only road in that neck of the woods that is managed by the Highways Agency, hence with a smidgeon of VED contribution by motor vehicle owners, is the A64 pedalling paul

7:50am Thu 22 Nov 12

Gary Gilmores Eyes says...

‘pedalling paul says... 9:32pm Wed 21 Nov 12
Oh you silly billies. The point is that the only road in that neck of the woods that is managed by the Highways Agency, hence with a smidgeon of VED contribution by motor vehicle owners, is the A64’


So easy to get a bite with so predictable a response!

Further material to prove the status of Oxygen Thief!
‘pedalling paul says... 9:32pm Wed 21 Nov 12 Oh you silly billies. The point is that the only road in that neck of the woods that is managed by the Highways Agency, hence with a smidgeon of VED contribution by motor vehicle owners, is the A64’ So easy to get a bite with so predictable a response! Further material to prove the status of Oxygen Thief! Gary Gilmores Eyes

8:42am Thu 22 Nov 12

again says...

The comments beneath this story have got me stumped.
The comments beneath this story have got me stumped. again

2:51pm Thu 22 Nov 12

offa says...

On analysis, almost everyone who reads the Press and makes on-line comments is a moronic Philistine
On analysis, almost everyone who reads the Press and makes on-line comments is a moronic Philistine offa

9:13pm Thu 22 Nov 12

WoldsRedneck says...

The could just be out of spite, Out of spite of what you may ask. But think Windturbines, how many times do's it crop up when people object to a wind turbine, David Hockneys name crops up quite often. Could it be a spitfull landowner who has had an application for a turbine turned down?? BTW people, when someone objects to a planning proposal, your name is listed on the ERYC list of objectors , So its not too hard for anyone to find out. Think about it.
The could just be out of spite, Out of spite of what you may ask. But think Windturbines, how many times do's it crop up when people object to a wind turbine, David Hockneys name crops up quite often. Could it be a spitfull landowner who has had an application for a turbine turned down?? BTW people, when someone objects to a planning proposal, your name is listed on the ERYC list of objectors , So its not too hard for anyone to find out. Think about it. WoldsRedneck

3:11pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Gary Gilmores Eyes says...

‘offa says... 2:51pm Thu 22 Nov 12
On analysis, almost everyone who reads the Press and makes on-line comments is a moronic Philistine’

I take it that you include yourself in that description, based upon your own obviously in depth scientific analysis by also reading the press and posting your own comments?

By the way the definition of Philistine: a person who refuses to see the beauty or the value of art, literature, music or culture in any form.

Would you not have to be aware of the fact that this particular tree stump features heavily in Mr Hockney’s art to be a philistine because otherwise it’s just a tree stump with a minorities subjective opinion on its artistic noteworthiness?

I personally just think it’s a source of woodburning fuel yet to be utilized to its full effect!

As for moronic, well that’s a different argument for a different day! Although PP does a good line on that! ask him.
‘offa says... 2:51pm Thu 22 Nov 12 On analysis, almost everyone who reads the Press and makes on-line comments is a moronic Philistine’ I take it that you include yourself in that description, based upon your own obviously in depth scientific analysis by also reading the press and posting your own comments? By the way the definition of Philistine: a person who refuses to see the beauty or the value of art, literature, music or culture in any form. Would you not have to be aware of the fact that this particular tree stump features heavily in Mr Hockney’s art to be a philistine because otherwise it’s just a tree stump with a minorities subjective opinion on its artistic noteworthiness? I personally just think it’s a source of woodburning fuel yet to be utilized to its full effect! As for moronic, well that’s a different argument for a different day! Although PP does a good line on that! ask him. Gary Gilmores Eyes

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