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Touch-screen triumphs of David Hockneyʼs iPad

Hockney’s exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts pushes on the boundries of the painterly approach

In January, the David Hockney exhibition A Bigger Picture opened at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Rising to international acclaim for his sunny depictions of the Californian poolside in the 1960s, the septuagenarian artist has of late turned his attention to capturing the Yorkshire landscapes of his homeland.

Among one of the 150 new works on show − which vary in scale from small charcoal drawings to truly enormous painted canvases − this image is one of his experiments in using the paint tool on his iPhone or iPad. Though this isn’t a traditional painterly approach, the artist boasts that all the works are from his own hand (a perceived jibe at Damien Hirst), and indeed all the pieces express the unmistakable energy and enthusiasm of their creator. This uplifting exhibition at the RA runs until 9 April, but there will be later stagings at the Bilbao Guggenheim and Museum Ludwig in Cologne.

David Hockney, Winter Timber, 2009

David Hockney, Winter Timber, 2009

Hockney’s exhibition A Bigger Picture can be experienced at the Royal Academy


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