David Hockney's studio assistant and close friend has died after being taken to hospital from the painter's east Yorkshire home.

Dominic Elliott died at Scarborough General Hospital on Sunday morning after he was brought in by a friend.

It is understood that friend is not Hockney, who is said to be very upset by Mr Elliott's death.

A spokesman for Humberside police said the force was contacted by Scarborough General Hospital, shortly after 6am on Sunday morning, after the man had been taken to the hospital in a serious condition.

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A portrait of Dominic Elliot, as painted by David Hockney in 2008

"The 23-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at hospital and the police notified," the spokesman said.

"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 which is hoped may provide further information."

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David Hockney is one of Britain's best-known artists

Bradford-born Hockney is sometimes referred to as Britain's greatest living artist and is one of the most influential cultural figures of the last 50 years.

Some of his recent work, inspired by the countryside not far from Bridlington, was celebrated at the Royal Academy of Arts last year with an exhibition of his large-scale landscapes, called A Bigger Picture.

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Hockney's house from where Elliot was taken


Hockney's famous artworks include A Bigger Splash, a vivid depiction of a Los Angeles swimming pool, and the portrait Mr And Mrs Clark And Percy.

In recent years he has been exploring the possibilities of using an iPad for his art.

Hockney has made no public comment about Mr Elliott's death and it is not known whether he was home at the weekend. He is, though, understood to be in the UK at the moment.

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Dominic was a valued and popular member of the Bridlington Rugby Club

Mr Elliott is understood to be a Bridlington man who was recruited a number of years ago to help Hockney as he based himself in the resort and concentrated his art on the Yorkshire Wolds and surrounding area.

He was a well-known local sportsman, especially as a hockey and rugby player and tributes have been paid by members of Bridlington Rugby Club.

Chairman Gordon Morrice told the Bridlington Free Press: "Dominic was a valued member of our club, a good player with great potential.

"With his size and ability he could easily have established himself as a first team regular.

"He was a popular lad and had so many friends at the club."

The club said Mr Elliott, who only took up rugby a couple of years ago, was a second row forward who mainly played for the Mariners - the club's second team.

The club said Mr Elliott, who only took up rugby a couple of years ago, was a second row forward who mainly played for the Mariners - the club's second team.

Mr Elliott also played for Driffield Hockey Club.

The club's First XI captain, Adam Saltonstall, tweeted: "Horrified to hear news that @DriffieldHC teammate, Dom Elliott, died yesterday.

"Fantastic player, much loved by all. Will be sadly missed."

Another team-mate tweeted: "RIP Dom Elliott, such an amazing guy and its a pleasure to have known you."

Adam Chard tweeted: "So sad to hear of the death of my team mate Dom Elliott.

"A genuinely lovely guy who always made me laugh and a talented player. RIP mate.

"Its a sad moment for me & the club. Forever and always a legend."

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  • David Hockney At Tate Britain: Photocall

    LONDON - APRIL 07: British artist David Hockney stands by his oil painting 'Bigger Trees Near Warter' on April 7, 2008 in London, England. The painting has been donated to the Tate Britain by the artist. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • David Hockney At Tate Britain: Photocall

    LONDON - APRIL 07: British artist David Hockney stands by his oil painting 'Bigger Trees Near Warter' on April 7, 2008 in London, England. The painting has been donated to the Tate Britain by the artist. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • David Hockney At Tate Britain: Photocall

    LONDON - APRIL 07: British artist David Hockney stands by his oil painting 'Bigger Trees Near Warter' on April 7, 2008 in London, England. The painting has been donated to the Tate Britain by the artist. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • British artist David Hockney walks past

    British artist David Hockney walks past a photographic copy of his 2007 painting Bigger Trees Near Water at the Tate gallery in London, on November, 23, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ Carl COURT (Photo credit should read Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • The Oldie Of The Year Awards

    LONDON - MARCH 07: David Hockney arrives at The Oldie Of The Year Award at Simpson's-Inn on The Strand on March 11 2008, in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • David Hockney photocall - Nottingham

    British artist David Hockney is seen visiting a major exhibition of his work at the recently opened Nottingham Contemporary art gallery.

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  • David Hockney photocall - London

    EDITORIAL USE ONLY.Artist David Hockney RA, takes a picture of the media on his mobile phone, with his painting 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty-eleven), during a photocall to launch the opening of his major exhibition David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture (which runs from January 21 to April 9 2012), at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

  • David Hockney photocall - London

    EDITORIAL USE ONLY.Artist David Hockney RA with his painting 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty-eleven), during a photocall to launch the opening of his major exhibition David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture (which runs from January 21 to April 9 2012), at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

  • David Hockney photocall - London

    EDITORIAL USE ONLY.Artist David Hockney RA with his painting 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty-eleven), during a photocall to launch the opening of his major exhibition David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture (which runs from January 21 to April 9 2012), at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

  • David Hockney photocall - London

    EDITORIAL USE ONLY.Artist David Hockney RA with his painting 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty-eleven), during a photocall to launch the opening of his major exhibition David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture (which runs from January 21 to April 9 2012), at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

  • David Hockney photocall - London

    EDITORIAL USE ONLY.Artist David Hockney RA with his painting 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty-eleven), during a photocall to launch the opening of his major exhibition David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture (which runs from January 21 to April 9 2012), at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

  • Hockney receives Order of Merit

    Queen Elizabeth II presents artist David Hockney with the Order of Merit at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Hockney receives Order of Merit

    Queen Elizabeth II presents artist David Hockney with the Order of Merit watched by Lord Fellows at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Diamond Jubilee celebration of the arts

    Queen Elizabeth II listens as David Hockney (left) makes a citation during a Diamond Jubilee celebration of the arts at the Royal Academy of Arts in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 23, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Academy. Photo credit should read: Carl Court/PA Wire

  • Diamond Jubilee celebration of the arts

    Queen Elizabeth II meets artist David Hockney (right) during a Diamond Jubilee celebration of the arts at the Royal Academy of Arts in central London.

  • The Big Art Secret exhibition

    Members of the public view painted postcards in The Big Art Secret exhibition and auction, which include original works by Tracy Emin, David Hockney and David Cameron at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, East Sussex, in aid of St Wilfrid's Hospice.

  • Visitors view the painting "Winter Timber" by British artist David Hockney in the exhibition "David Hockney - A Bigger Picture" at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. The exhibition runs from Oct. 27, 2012 until Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/dapd, Tim Schulz)

  • A woman takes a picture of the painting "Woldgate Woods" by British artist David Hockney in the exhibition "David Hockney - A Bigger Picture" at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. The exhibition runs from Oct. 27, 2012 until Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/dapd, Tim Schulz)

  • David Hockney

    British artist David Hockney attends a news conference on the occasion of his exhibition "David Hockney - A Bigger Picture" at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. The exhibition runs from Oct. 27, 2012 until Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/dapd, Tim Schulz)

  • David Hockney

    British artist David Hockney passes one of his paintings as he arrives for a news conference on the occasion of his exhibition "David Hockney - A Bigger Picture" at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. The exhibition runs from Oct. 27, 2012 until Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/dapd, Tim Schulz)

  • Bigger Splash exhibition

    'A bigger splash' by David Hockney, which forms part of the Bigger Splash exhibition which starts 14th November until 1st April 2013, at the Tate Modern gallery, on the south Bank in central London.

  • The Royal College Of Art Celebrates 175 Years Of Its Annual Exhibition With A Perfect Place To Grow

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: A woman walks past artwork by David Hockney created when he was an RCA student in the early sixties in the 'Perfect Place to Grow' exhibition at The Royal College of Art in celebration of their 175th anniversary on November 15, 2012 in London, England. The Royal College of Art's major exhibition, 'The Perfect Place to Grow', features over 350 works of art and design by RCA graduates and staff including: Henry Moore, Tracey Emin and David Hockney. The RCA is the world’s oldest art and design university in continuous operation and it currently educates 1,200 postgraduate students from 55 different countries. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN -ARTS-EXHIBITION

    Gallery assistants look at works by British artist David Hockney entitled Composition (Thrust) (L) and 'Nude-Seated (R) ', as they pose for a photograph at the Royal College of Art in London on November 15, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS “ RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION ” (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Christie's Unveils Art Set For Auction From Langan's Brasserie

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: A Christie's employee poses in front of a painting entitled 'Portrait of Peter Langan in Los Angeles,' by David Hockney during a press call at Christie's auction house on December 10, 2012 in London, England. The painting makes up part of the 'Rule Britannia' modern British art evening sale and is expected to fetch between GBP 100,000 and GBP 150,000 when it goes on sale on December 12, 2012. The sale includes pieces from restauranteur and art collector Peter Langan, whose Langan's 'Brasserie' and 'Odin's' will sell some of their collection which includes works by David Hockney. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Christie's Unveils Art Set For Auction From Langan's Brasserie

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: People walk past a painting entitled 'Portrait of Peter Langan,' (L) by David Hockney during a press call at Christie's auction house on December 10, 2012 in London, England. The painting makes up part of the 'Rule Britannia' modern British art evening sale and is expected to fetch between GBP 100,000 and GBP 150,000 when it goes on sale on December 12, 2012. The sale includes pieces from restauranteur and art collector Peter Langan, whose Langan's 'Brasserie' and 'Odin's' will sell some of their collection which includes works by David Hockney. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Christie's Unveils Art Set For Auction From Langan's Brasserie

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: A security guard stands beside a painting entitled 'Portrait of Peter Langan,' (L) by David Hockney during a press call at Christie's auction house on December 10, 2012 in London, England. The painting makes up part of the 'Rule Britannia' modern British art evening sale and is expected to fetch between GBP 100,000 and GBP 150,000 when it goes on sale on December 12, 2012. The sale includes pieces from restauranteur and art collector Peter Langan, whose Langan's 'Brasserie' and 'Odin's' will sell some of their collection which includes works by David Hockney. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • An employee of the Royal Academy of Arts displays '2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee' by David Hockney, as part of the Diamond Jubilee gift to Queen Elizabeth II, of almost one hundred works of art from the Royal Academy of Arts at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, Friday Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/PA, Jonathan Brady) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE


Highlights from Hockney's A Bigger Picture:
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