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A few years ago we visited Salts Mill for the first time and enjoyed our visit. Having arranged to go to York Races, as part of my Father in Laws birthday present, we decided to take our daughter to see the exhibitions in the mill on the way.. Having negotiated the route, with a confused Satnav, we finally arrived a little later than we anticipated.
Deciding to go to the top floor first before making our way down to the other galleries, we set off. On entering this floor we realised this was a new addition and were impressed with the restoration work undertaken. Here was 'a new 295ft (90m)-long artwork by David Hockney depicting the changing seasons of his French garden in lockdown'
Apart from the exhibition space, our daughter wasn't impressed, although having just started experimenting with an iPad I could see how this was an ideal tool for this type of painting.
Moving on, we made our way to the next floor where his earlier iPad work was on show as large prints. We liked several of these but still no joy with our daughter. The most impressive work on display though was this industrial landscape made up of tiles depicting local the local area.
After an expensive drink and cake we looked around the new shops, that had been added since our last visit. These featured antiques, books, jewellery and clothing etc. The place had certainly been developed since or last visit.
Eventually, we reached the ground floor where, as well as books and art materials on sale, a range of Hockney's work over the years was on display. Unfortunately, our daughter still wasn't impressed!
A shame we couldn't get her to appreciate his art, considering he was one of our favourite artists. However, I suppose it is not too surprising as she hadn't followed his career as we had done and hadn't seen how his art had developed over the years.
Like a lot of people art is a personal taste and this wasn't hers.