When David Hockney discovered he could create works of art on an iPhone, he was excited by the possibilities – and the fact that he could work from the comfort of his bed.
The device was the latest piece of technology to fire his imagination. Between 2009 and 2012, Hockney captured changing seasons and fleeting moments from a window of his former home in Yorkshire, first with an iPhone, then an iPad.
Now 120 of those images have been selected for a major publication, most of them never having been seen before. Each composition displays Hockney’s trademark palette of vibrant colours. Some are more abstract than others, exploring the interplay of light, a fiery sunset or the arrival of spring. Some look out on to nearby houses. Others focus on changing skies or seasonal blooms and pot plants on a window sill.
Bradford-born Hockney, 82, is a painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer with an endless passion for experimentation. His masterpieces include A Bigger Splash (1967), in which he captured the shimmering sparkle of a turquoise pool under the intense light of the California sky. His interest in technology has included working with Polaroids, fax machines and digital video as well as the iPhone and iPad as tools for painting.
Hans Werner Holzwarth, a book designer and editor who collaborated with Hockney on a previous publication, was taken aback when he first saw the images on the artist’s iPhone. He immediately saw the potential of publishing them together, because there are “so many amazing pictures”.
David Hockney with one of his East Yorkshire canvases at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Photograph: Aurélien Meunier/Getty Images
Now a vast edition, titled David Hockney: My Window, will be brought out by art book publisher Taschen next month. Holzwarth said that there were many more images than the 120 he chose with the artist.
He believes that “pictures should speak for themselves” and – beyond captions which…
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