David Hockney: iPad Drawings
David Hockney follows the course of seasons through the window of his Yorkshire home. Each image depicts a fleeting moment – from the colorful sunrise and lilac morning sky to nighttime impressions, snow covered branches and the arrival of spring. Choosing to print his sketches in large format, Hockney creates highly perceptive and poetic works.
When David Hockney discovered the iPhone as an artistic medium, he opened up entirely new possibilities for painting. He made his first digital drawings in spring 2009. The iPhone was easy to use and he didn’t even have to get out of bed to start his working day, drawing morning impressions in broad lines and dazzling colors directly on his screen. In 2010, Hockney first used an iPad which, with its larger screen, expanded his artistic repertoire and enabled an even more complex interplay of color, light and line.
Fascinating details reveal drops on window panes, distant lights in the night, reflections on glasses, bottles and vases in addition to an abundance of subtly varied vegetation. We experience the passage of time through the eyes of David Hockney.
David Hockney is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. He first emerged in the early 1960s during the height of British pop, then moved to Los Angeles in 1964, where he famously painted a series of swimming pools. Alongside the classic genres of portraiture and landscape, he always kept evolving his art, using technologies such as Polaroids, photocopiers, fax machines, digital video or the iPhone and iPad as tools for his paintings. Since his first big survey exhibition, which in 1970 traveled Europe, he has been one of the most widely shown and popular artists of our time.
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