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Ed Sheeran dines with artist hero David Hockney

Ed Sheeran met up with his childhood art hero David Hockney for a meal on Tuesday (15Aug17).

Ed, 26, is a huge fan of the veteran British artist, who is famed for painting scenes from Yorkshire, England, where he was born.

The Castle on the Hill singer, who was also born in Yorkshire, before moving to Suffolk, England in his youth, expressed his delight at meeting his hero in a post on Instagram.

"Absolute honor to get to spend some time with one of my favorite artists of all time, David Hockney, yesterday," he captioned a picture of himself with David, 80. "He was my first introduction as a child to art that I really connected to, and I can't quite believe we got to eat pie together and talk about Yorkshire."

Britons voted David the nation's greatest living artist in 2013 in a poll conducted for the Art Fund. He is famed for using vivid colors to depict landscape scenes.

Ed is no mean artist himself, as he created the artwork featured on the cover of his latest smash hit album ÷ (divide).

The star told Britain's Radio X that he borrowed a tool from Damien Hirst to paint the bright blue record cover.

"I painted the album cover myself and Damien Hirst let me use his big spin machine," Ed said."He just left me in there with a load of paint and I just threw it on this spin machine and created my album cover, which is quite cool."

÷ (divide) is currently the U.K.'s biggest selling album of 2017, having sold more than two million copies in the year up to July (17) and spent 15 weeks at the top of the British chart.

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