David Hockney’s no stranger to technology in art. His computer generated images have graced the walls of contemporary galleries through the years but it’s only recently, with the advent of the iPad, that he’s experienced a true technological renaissance.
Hockney prefers to use his fingers rather than stylus. Tests in the Village Bicycle offices also eschewed the stylus, leading to mixed results, with a few claiming our creations could give the Hockster a run for his money, while others clearly pointed to previous LSD use.
Hockney meanwhile used different fingers for varying effects, and even though he is right-handed, he often draws with his left hand, giving the final works a quality that he’d have difficulty replicating with his stronger arm.The results throws up questions about the very nature of “originals” and “reproductions”, and the value – aesthetic and monetary – of the work. For more on that we suggest reading The Gift.
Don’t forget to check out his iPad art show now at the Royal Academy.