David Hockney

Overview

David Hockney was an icon in the pop art movement of the 1960s, “one of the most important painters of the 20th century” (Tate Kids, nd), and broke the record for the most expensive painting sold by a living artist in 2018 when his Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold for US$70M.

He has an experimental approach to his art, and his work spans portraiture, printmaking (lithographs, etchings, hand prints), photo-collage, paper pulp collage, set design for theatre, plein air landscapes, and most recently, 3-D photo montages.

He has also explored drawing on iPhones and iPads. These digital depiction of flowers is the focus of this examination.

Works
Making links to my drawings and generating ideas for approaching work.

“The computer is a useful tool … It in effect allows you to draw directly in a printing machine … with the colours the printing machine has” (Hockney, 2008).

The iPhone pictures are thumbnail sketches that pare the subject down to its very basics, capturing its basic forms, shadows and colours.

The works on iPad are more detailed. Look at Untitled – 922, the drawing of the little cactus: the subtle shading of the mug and the background, the shadows and light depicted in the shades of green. All achieved on a hand-held computer.

Hockney’s technique on the iPad is demonstrated in a video. He uses a digital pen in a drawing app, rapidly switching between colours, line width, and so on.

The final product is a computer print out. He states, “they were made for printing, and so, will be printed. They are not photographic reproductions” (Hockney, 2008).



References
Hockney, D. (2009) Untitled – 383 in iPad,
Viewed: http://www.hockney.com/works/digital/ipad, 28 June 2020

Hockney, D. (2009) Untitled – 496 in iPad,
Viewed: http://www.hockney.com/works/digital/ipad, 28 June 2020

Hockney, D. (2010) Untitled – 168 in iPhone,
http://www.hockney.com/works/digital/iphone

Hockney, D. (2010) Untitled – 177 in iPhone,
http://www.hockney.com/works/digital/iphone

Hockney, D. (2010) Untitled – 188 in iPhone,
http://www.hockney.com/works/digital/iphone

Hockney, D. (2011) Untitled – 922 in iPhone,
http://www.hockney.com/works/digital/iphone

Hockney, D. (2020) Digital Works Works,
Viewed: http://www.hockney.com/works/digital, 28 June 2020

Louisiana Channel (2016). David Hockney: Draws on His iPad, Mar 16,
Viewed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCy89eJEv2c, 28 June 2020

Tate Kids (nd). ‘Who is David Hockney?’ in Explore,
Viewed: https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/who-is/who-david-hockney, 28 June 2020

Wikipedia (2008). David Hockney,
Viewed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hockney, 28 June 2020