David Hockney and the iPad

David Hockney and the iPad

There's something to be said about David Hockney's willingness to engage with technology, as he searches for new ways to address old problems. Here's Hockney on the iPad:

“I do love it, I must admit,” he says. “I thought the iPhone was great when I bought one the year before last, but this takes it to a new level. It’s a new medium, eight times the size of the iPhone.”

It seems obvious, in many respects, how the iPad would be the perfect tool for an artist, but Hockney elucidates his engagement precisely. Here he is in an interview with Martin Gayford:

“The fact that it’s illuminated makes you choose luminous subjects, or at least I did: the sunrise, for example, and flower vases with water in them that catch reflections.”

“I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends so they get fresh blooms every morning."

These latest drawings on the iPad are now the subject of an exhibition in Paris, 'David Hockney: Fleurs Fraîches at the Fondation Pierre Bergé'. Reflective, energetic, contemporary...

"What fascinates me is not just technology but the technology of picture-making," says Hockney. "I spend more time painting, of course, but I treat the iPad as a serious tool. The iPad is influencing the paintings now with its boldness and speed."

"It's so quick," Hockney says. "You see something, turn it on and it's ready. If I had a sketch book in my pocket and a little box of watercolors, I'd have to get a bit of water, or if I had a sketch book and a box of pencils, I'd need to get the pencils. With the iPad, you just start drawing. "

Be sure to check out Lawrence Weshcler's magestic, "True to Life: Twenty-Five Years of Conversations with David Hockney. It's an absolute gem."