Here we discover not just a bright and modern depiction, but also a historical comment on the lives of the working class within this part of Northern England. For example, see to the right hand side a plethora of small dwellings which no doubt would have been where the original mill workers would have lived around a century ago. Industrial Britain was shaped around its economy, both in terms of the jobs that people did, but even in the style of architecture in which they lived. There is a pretty pattern delivered by the rows of terrace houses that continue into the far distance, also helping to impress a feeling of perspective within this painting. The tops of each house is adorned with a tone of red to brighten them and avoid giving a negative impression of these historical buildings.
Across to the left we see the mill itself in a resplendant tone of yellow that lingers long in our minds. Gone are the dark and depressing sights of the Victorian age, replaced with Hockney's own impressions. A bright sky lines the top part of the canvas, along with bright greens for the foliage which spreads around the rest of the composition. A bridge crosses in the foreground, though with a perspective that is far removed from reality, and a way in which Hockney has worked elsewhere in other paintings. To the left are further buildings which complete this site, and a tall tower is on the right, reaching far into the sky and adding some vertical balance to that side of the artwork. We can find similar colour schemes when Hockney lived abroad in warmer climates, but here he brings them home to the region in which he grew up and has remained immensely proud of ever since.
The Mill itself has been coverted for a more modern purpose and remains a popular attraction for art fans wishing to see some of the artist's work, with much of it now on display there. They also host a number of small businesses in the arts and crafts and catering industries and hold events on related topics every now and again. The beauty of this particular artwork has helped to promote the building itself and it remains one of his most popular from this period of work in Yorkshire. Its focus on this region of the UK also makes it feel particularly Hockney-esque and the county itself has a long history related to the Industrial Revolution and so it is entirely fitting that a local man would capture this within his own career. Visitors to this impressive venue should search online to find out more about the different services that it offers, and also the specific artworks that hang here, which also include other artists besides David Hockney.