David Hockney & iPad

David Hockney is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, considered to be one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He has long been interested in the technology of art and using new media to make art. His iPad drawings has raised the questions among critics about they qualify as art. There’s no question in our mind that it is art as it is his vision that makes the art not the tools. His describes the use of this tool as follows:

“Everything you need is in the iPad. You don’t need water or a lot of pencils, so there’s no need to clean up afterwards,” Hockney said via email. “You can set up a palette very quickly and add more detail. The color is right at your fingertips.”

“I just happen to be an artist who uses the iPad, I’m not an iPad artist. It’s just a medium. But I am aware of the revolutionary aspects of it, and it’s implications.”

“The more I got into the iPad, the more I realised what a fantastic medium it is for landscape. There are certain things that you can do very, very quickly using it.” The artist can meet “nature’s deadline”. Obviously the iPad is faster than watercolour or charcoal, since nothing has to dry. When painting outdoors in a changing landscape, with clouds and rain coming quickly, speed is essential.“  –

Most of his work can be viewed here on his website.

Images: Courtesy of David Hockney.

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