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Entries in David Hockney (3)

David Hockney Brings iPad Art to the Masses

There are just under 4 weeks left to catch the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. This one is special for us because it prominently features Hockney's iPad art amongst the works displayed.

We haven't been able to make it up to London to see it, but if you are anywhere near the Royal Academy in the next few weeks we would recommend you make time to visit David Hockney's exhibition and if you have visited already, please leave us a comment and tell us what you thought of it.

"Picasso or Van Gogh would have snapped one up"

As we have already mentioned, renowned artist David Hockney has recently been exhibited his iPhone and iPad artwork in Paris. As an innovator David perfers to display his art on the same digital canvas used to create it. BBC Click recently caught up with David to speak to him about the exhibition and the pleasure of creating art on the iPad. The full article, which includes video for those viewing from the UK, is well worth a read. This soundbite really caught our attention:

"You can make a drawing of the sunrise at 6am and send it out to people by 7am."

For perhaps the first time ever, the iPad, certainly in its 3G incarnation, allows the artist to create natural looking artwork with all the properties of the analog world, and share them instantaneously thanks to its citizenship in the digital world. It's a watershed moment for all who care to partake. As David so astutely puts it. "Picasso or Van Gogh would have snapped one up". We could not agree more!

David Hockney uses iPad as a Digital Canvas

An art exhibition displaying the artist's work on just iPads and iPhones (i.e. no canvas) opens to the public this week in Paris. David Hockney's use of the iPhone and, more recently, the iPad to create art with the Brushes app has been well reported.

So the fact that only iOS devices are being used to display his artwork and not the traditional prints or original pieces on canvas, seems appropriate and typical of Hockney's incorporation of technology into his art.

Hockney himself has commented that viewing his art on the Apple devices is entirely appropriate because that is where they were created and preserves the luminosity of the pieces, which would be hard to recreate properly on printed media. 

The digital approach to this exhibition even includes Hockney emailing his art pieces to the gallery for display. In another unique spin, because of this method of delivery, Hockney can add new pieces to the exhibition that he creates during its lifetime, one aspect to the 'Fresh' in the exhibition title.

Another innovation for the art world but one familiar to many of us already is inclusion of Brushes Viewer on some of the iPads, showing how Hockney created his artwork and the artistic process normally hidden from the public.

The Fleurs Fraîches (French language page) or "Fresh Flowers" exhibition starts this week and runs through to 30th January 2011 at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent