David Hockney’s iPad Art Goes on Display

Famed British artist David Hock­ney start­ed cre­at­ing art for the iPhone in 2008, and then for the iPad this year, using noth­ing but his fin­gers and this handy Brush­es app. Ini­tial­ly, Hock­ney only shared his dig­i­tal draw­ings with a small cir­cle of friends. But now he’s mak­ing that cir­cle much larg­er. Start­ing in late Octo­ber, Hock­ney’s dig­i­tal fin­ger paint­ing went on dis­play at the Fon­da­tion Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Lau­rent in Paris. The exhi­bi­tion, enti­tled Fleurs fraîch­es (Fresh Flow­ers), runs until Jan­u­ary 30, 2011. Here, Hock­ney explains the basic think­ing behind the exhi­bi­tion, and here you can sam­ple some of the dig­i­tal works on dis­play. Just click and scroll down.

Thanks Ian in Brazil for send­ing this our way…

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  • I think Hock­ney has always been an intel­lec­tu­al and quick to make use of any new tool. I’ve heard peo­ple say this is all hype. He is extreme­ly tal­ent­ed in an acces­si­ble way. He does­n’t flirt with unfath­omable scrib­bles of the avante guard. Col­or, form, tex­ture. It’s all there. And it’s all orig­i­nal.
    Belle Yang

  • Naya Santos. says:

    A sutil new vision of space.

  • Cliff says:

    David Hock­ney says Van Gogh would have had one.…..hmmmm

    ‘He’d have thrown the damn thing against the wall in frus­tra­tion at the lousy wi-fi con­nec­tion in Arles.…He cer­tain­ly wouldn’t show up at an exhi­bi­tion with a cus­tom made ‘I Pad pock­et’. As they say in Mr. Hockney’s native Eng­land – He’d have turned up ‘pissed’ on rough as old nails absinthe and told them to all ‘f*** off’”.….more on the Hock­ney I Pad

  • daisy says:

    do you think its still art?

  • ben c says:

    I have been dig­i­tal paint­ing for years so this is noth­ing new to me. It is rather annoy­ing and insult­ing when you tell peo­ple that you paint dig­i­tal­ly and you get a kind of dis­s­a­point­ed response from some­one and a com­ment like “Oh, so it’s done by a com­put­er” as if you just press a but­ton and up pops a paint­ing. Com­put­ers are tools, they are not capa­ble of cre­at­ing art on their own, and it requires a knowl­edge of tra­di­tion­al painting(form,composition,study of light and colour) to pro­duce qual­i­ty work. Do you think that when humans start­ed using brush­es and can­vas instead of stone tablets peo­ple thought that it was any less valid? So when peo­ple say “yes but is it art?” I ask them to have a go on a graph­ics tablet and see if their stick­man draw­ing will sud­den­ly trans­form into a Davin­ci-esque mas­ter-piece. It takes years to mas­ter any disi­pline and dig­i­tal paint­ing is no dif­fer­ent.

  • Vivvian says:

    It’s amaz­ing to know this pic­ture was cre­at­ed on the iPad.

  • Harald Weber says:

    I found this way of paint­ing today for the first time and I´m real­ly impressed about the pos­si­bil­i­ties. I will check it on my iPad for mar­ket­ing themes as soon as pos­si­ble.

  • Miley says:

    with only his fin­gers and the Brush­es app? wow, that’s amaz­ing! I real­ly love this pic­ture..

  • minä vain says:

    Quite bor­ing col­ors on a digi paint­ing there, con­ser­v­a­tive­ly try­ing to mim­ic oil paint­ing medi­um. It must be hard to get any kind of decent tex­ture on it. And when the tex­ture is done, it is real­ly “done”, not born nat­u­ral­ly out of the mate­ri­als and paint. For Hock­ney say­ing van Goch should have had Ipad, that’s just plain stu­pid­i­ty.

  • Vesna Peko Luketic says:

    if Leonar­do DaVi­in­ci was alive today he would be using the iPad ‑It’s fan­tas­tic

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