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Oi, Hockney fancy doing up our pub? PAINTING.

Byline: MARK JEFFERIES

ARTIST David Hockney could have a new career if he wants it - painting run-down pubs.

He was outside working on one of his masterpieces for a new BBC1 documentary.

But a passing driver mistook the 72-year-old Yorkshireman for a jobbing dauber - and yelled: "A bit of decorating in the pub needs doing if you've got a minute..."

Hockney, one of Britain's most famous living artists, is unlikely to take up the offer.

But the programme - for which cameras followed him over three years - at least shows him vowing never to retire and even saying he is "too busy" to think of dying.

In Imagine: David Hockney, A Bigger Picture (Tuesday, 10.35pm), he discusses moving back to his Bradford birthplace from Los Angeles after a personal crisis left him "feeling alone and empty".

And though he says he is aware of his own mortality, he adds: "I don't really care.

"You don't retire doing this.

You just do it till you fall over."

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Date:Jun 25, 2009
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