David Hockney: Largest painting on show in Hull

David Hockney
Image caption David Hockney was spotted in the East Yorkshire village of Warter by residents in 2007

David Hockney's largest work to date has gone on show at a city centre art gallery.

Bigger Trees Near Warter measures 40ft by 15ft (12.2m by 4.6m) and depicts a landscape scene near the East Yorkshire village of Warter.

The painting spans 50 canvasses and has taken technicians at the Ferens Art Gallery almost a week to install.

It is being installed on a purpose-built wall.

Assistant curator Claire Longrigg said: "It's absolutely amazing.

"It's on a shaped wall a bit like a large altarpiece and it actually gives you a more intimate experience, you almost feel like you're surrounded by the landscape."

Resident Vince Jones, who runs a newsagent and Post Office in Warter, said: "This is a very small village and it's based on the agricultural community round here."

Another resident Mark Jackson said: "We [used to see] him [David Hockney] drive past in his open top car with his white hat on a few times."

Ms Longrigg said: "We're expecting thousands and thousands and we'll have our queue barrier at the ready."

Bigger Trees Near Warter opens on 24 June 2011 and runs until 18 September 2011.

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