A REMARKABLE private collection of Yorkshire-focused art is taking pride of place in Ryedale Folk Museum’s art gallery this summer.

David Ross, co-founder of Carphone Warehouse, has lent 12 paintings and two sculptures to the attraction, all of which feature or were created in Yorkshire, including works by David Hockney, Barbara Hepworth, Tony Bevan and Harland Miller.

Jennifer Smith, director of Ryedale Folk Museum, said: “Yorkshire is a county of diverse landscapes, cultures and people, and this collection incorporates so many different aspects of town, coast and country that people associate with the region.

“David Ross has exquisite taste in art. Each of the paintings and sculptures shows a different aspect of Yorkshire and we are honoured that he has chosen to share his collection with our visitors this summer.”

“We welcome people from every corner of the world who are keen to understand about Yorkshire’s proud heritage – and there’s no better way to showcase this than through the eyes of leading artists inspired by it.”

In recent years, David Ross he has been involved in conservation in Yorkshire, where he owns a substantial amount of moorland.

The David Ross Foundation commissioned the three metre high bronze sculpture, Seated Figure, which can be found on the North York Moors near Westerdale.

David said “I am very proud that these pieces from my collection - all inspired by or connected to Yorkshire - will be a part of this inspiring exhibition.

“It is important for the local community and the wider community to see what an impact and inspiration the landscape and people of Yorkshire have had on artists in the past, and continue to do so in the present day and for the future.”

The exhibition runs until Monday, September 3, and is open daily, from 10am to 5pm.

It has been made possible by funding by Arts Council England and insurance thanks to the Government Indemnity Scheme, issued by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.