Two images by David Hockney, which were gifted to their owner and have never been on the market before, are to go on sale next month.
The first painting, titled, ‘Room with a View’, is a boldly coloured work, an oil on canvas, estimated to sell for £150,000 to £200,000. It depicts Bridlington, located in Hockney’s home county of Yorkshire, where he retains a home and studio.
The second Hockney picture is altogether different, more abstract and mysterious, appropriately enough, as the image is titled ‘Tyger’. It is estimated to sell for £40,000-60,000.
Born in Bradford on July 9, 1937, Hockney returned to Britain after many years in California and is now based in Yorkshire again.
He is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.
The new multi-million pound Bradford College campus is to be called the David Hockney Building.
The internationally-acclaimed artist was born in Bradford and attended the college from 1953 to 1957 when he graduated with honours. It was then known as Bradford Regional Art School.
Hockney said: “I am thrilled that Bradford College has requested to name their new building after me, and of course I am delighted to give my consent."
Group Chief Executive Michele Sutton said: “It’s important that our buildings reflect our legacy, history and future...David Hockney is an alumni of the Art School and today’s greatest living British artist.. it sets the tone and reputation of Bradford College and enhances our future as a college.”
A post mortem examination carried out on the body of 23-year-old Dominic Elliott at Hull Royal Infirmary mortuary showed no obvious natural causes for his death. Mr Elliott was a studio assistant for world renowned artist David Hockney.
Further tests will now be carried out, the results of which will not be known for some weeks. Mr Elliott's family has been fully updated by Humberside Police.
HUMBERSIDE Police were contacted by Scarborough General Hospital, shortly after 0600hrs yesterday morning (Sunday 17 March ), after a Bridlington man had been taken to the hospital by a friend in a serious condition.
The 23-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at hospital and the police notified.
The circumstances of the man's death are not clear and officers are currently undertaking enquiries to establish events leading to his death.
There were no signs of violence and a post mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow (Tuesday 19 March) which is hoped may provide further information.