hockI am a big fan of artist David Hockney. I know I am not alone in this assessment as Mr. Hockey has been a superstar of the art world for many years now. I have been fortunate enough to have seen a few major exhibitions of Mr. Hockney’s work and feel really special for having a chance to see them.

In the lovely book David Hockney: A Yorkshire Sketchbook, the artist shares an intimate portrayal of the landscape of his youth – the countryside of Yorkshire, England and it is delightful.

About David Hockney: A Yorkshire Sketchbook: “In recent years renowned artist David Hockney has returned to England to paint the landscape of his childhood in East Yorkshire. Although his passionate interest in new technologies has led him to develop a virtuosic drawing technique on the iPad, he has also traveled outdoors with a traditional sketchbook, an invaluable tool as he works quickly to capture the changing light and fleeting effects of the weather. Executed in watercolor and ink, these panoramic scenes have the spatial complexity of finished paintings—the broad sweep of sky or road, the patchwork tapestry of land—yet convey the immediacy of Hockney’s impressions. For those who know the East Yorkshire Wolds, the location of the sketches is unmistakable; for those who don’t, its features will come to life in these pages.”

The works of Mr. Hockney you may know are large modern pieces that evoke exaggerated landscapes or cool looking California poolsides. Here, in David Hockney: A Yorkshire Sketchbook, we are treated to the memories of an artist (Mr. Hockney is now 77 years old) reflecting on his life and displaying his raw talents as an artist.

David Hockney: A Yorkshire Sketchbook is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.