David Hockney is a painter but none of his paintings now on display at the the Pierre Berge-Yves St. Laurent Foundation in Paris have been done using paint, brushes or canvas. In fact there are no canvases hanging in the exhibition gallery at all. Instead there are 20 iPhones and 20 iPads. That’s because David Hockney uses the pads of his hands and an apps called Brushes to create his artwork.
It all began when he was lying in bed one morning watching the sunrise. “From about late April to July, the sunrise would hit me in bed,” he explains. But “if I’d [only] had a pencil and paper by the bed, I wouldn’t have drawn a sunrise.” But Hockney had his iPhone by the bed, so he could draw the sunrise on the phone, in color.
Then he heard about the larger iPad and started painting on that electronic sketchpad. Now instead of only using one finger to paint he uses all 10!
The exhibition of digital art is called Fresh Flowers and will run till the end of January and then, like true flowers, the art will fade …