Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Stewy, a Bristol-based street artist inspired by the famous (notorious?) Banksy, has created some stencilled art works in local places related to the forthcoming Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France cycle race. They are of famous artists, writers and musicians with links to Yorkshire - none of them noted for riding bikes but all portrayed cycling. There is: Sylvia Plath in Hebden Bridge, Jarvis Cocker in Sheffield, the Brontë sisters in Haworth, Alan Bennett in Leeds (though I gather he has already been covered up!) and Saltaire's pride: David Hockney, originally painted on a wall in Keighley. A new picture of (a youngish looking) David Hockney has appeared on the wall of Salts Mill, fag in mouth. I imagine this one might have been commissioned as it is on a canvas, not painted direct on the wall. Rather good, I think. You can buy a copy if you want!