Contemporary Art

David Hockney and His iPad Landscapes

Zuzanna Stańska 26 June 2022 min Read

David Hockney is one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He is perhaps best known for his depictions of swimming pools, people, and landscapes around Los Angeles. In 2010 and 2011, the artist exhibited 28 images he created of Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Suite. There won’t be anything extraordinary about that – except that instead of an easel or medium-format camera, he brought his iPad along.

The digital drawings he created using the software Brushes have been reproduced as large prints for display, four of them stretching to nearly eight feet in height.

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 its implications.

David Hockney

“edward hockney ipad Untitled No. 21” from The Yosemite Suite, 2010, by David Hockney. (Photo: Courtesy of David Hockney)
David Hockney, Untitled No 21 from The Yosemite Suite, 2010, iPad drawing. Courtesy of the artist.

 

edward hockney ipad “Untitled No. 8” from The Yosemite Suite, 2010, by David Hockney. (Photo: Courtesy of David Hockney)
David Hockney, Untitled No 8  from The Yosemite Suite, 2010, iPad drawing. Courtesy of the artist.

In the interview you can watch below, David Hockney talks about being a practical person, how painting is “an old man’s art”, and about how you need three things to paint: the hand, the eye, and the heart.

“edward hockney ipad Untitled No. 3” from The Yosemite Suite, 2010, by David Hockney. (Photo: Courtesy of David Hockney)
David Hockney, Untitled No 3  from The Yosemite Suite, 2010, iPad drawing. Courtesy of the artist.

The conversation also poses the question: What makes a landscape interesting? Hockney talks about his interest in spaces, colors, and the subtle change of the seasons. He finds it interesting to revisit the same place as it changes through the seasons, which is very different depending on where in the world you are. As you move about the landscape of the painting, you will see how it slowly changes from winter to spring. David Hockney also explains his relation to the new medium he used to paint – the iPad.

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