Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
David Hockney: Me Draw On iPad
8 April - 28 August 2011
David Hockney’s discovery of the inexpensive drawing application called Brushes for iPhones and iPads opened up a different world for the English artist. Sometimes on a daily basis, during the past few years, Hockney has created more than 400 drawings, first on his iPhone, and later on his iPad.
Hockney began working with the iPhone in 2008, and his subsequent discovery of the Brushes application as well as other “apps” enabled him to produce works of extraordinary variety. Since that time, the artist has created hundreds of images, on both the iPhone and the iPad ranging in subject matter from flowers, plants, portraits and self-portraits to landscapes and still lives. Hockney in his early works in the medium used his thumbs and fingers to create full-color images directly on the device’s screen, modifying the color and hue and layering brushstrokes of various widths and opacities. Recently, the artist began to also use a stylus designed for the iPad.
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Hockney loves looking and drawing and has said that his current work in all media has allowed him to see and feel nature much more clearly. He draws to see, and he calls it self-deception if we assume we have seen all the dimensions of nature.