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David Hockney exploits the iPad as a fine art medium

11/15/11  |  Posted by Amber Luning  |  Posted in Digital Creativity

The story goes that David Hockney (the great painter, photographer, printmaker and stage designer) was having a chat with a friend of his. Upon noticing the friend's iphone, Hockney grabbed it and immediately started playing with it. The next day the friend in question received a picture message from Hockney's new iPhone: A painting of a flower. He and several other friends continued to receive paintings from Hockney every day, and still do. Check out this article in the Telegraph. [caption id="attachment_1603" align="alignnone" width="575" caption="A Bigger Grand Canyon, 1988, oil on 60 canvases"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1604" align="alignnone" width="299" caption="A Bigger Splash, Paint and Collage"][/caption] Hockney's work has always been vivid with color and shape, whether abstracted or representational. He seems to be having a lot of fun with his new toys, citing the new experience of color on a backlit screen as being a primary inspiration. Hockney's latest exhibit: Fleurs Fraiches (Fresh Flowers) comprised of floating screens displaying work that Hockney had created on his mobile devices, videos of him creating his work, and animations of the work being created. This exhibit marks the entrance of tablets and work generated by them into the world of respectable fine art. I'll close this post with a fantastic quote from an interview about Hockney's iPad and iPhone art. When asked by the interviewer whether the issue of how silly it is to be drawing on a telephone has ever come up, the friend of Hockney's being interviewed merely replied: "I don't think this is an issue of drawing on a telephone, it's an issue of talking on an easel!"

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