David Hockney’s iPad Paintings are on display at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA). The show is called “Double Take” and runs from March 25th, 2019 to July 28th, 2020. The 116 paintings were all created using an iPad during the month of March 2020.
RA says that the exhibition demonstrates how Hockney breaks down barriers between art forms including painting and photography. It also exemplifies his longstanding interest in photography and its intersection with painting.
Hockney studied at the Bradford School of Art from 1953 to 1958 followed by the Royal College of Art from 1958 to 1961. Hockney’s first solo show was in London in 1963 for which he received great positive feedback.
Hockney has won many awards including the prestigious Golden Laurel for Portrait at the Film Festival in Locarno, Switzerland and a CBE awarded by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990. His paintings reside in several museums around the world including the Tate Collection and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England; and The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France.
David Hockney has been a professional artist for over 50 years and is considered one of the most influential artists from Britain. He started his career as a successful commercial graphic designer, but later became a leader of the pop art movement. Along with Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, he became known for his original techniques in depicting subjects related to popular culture.
Hockney has also been recognized for his new media art or digital paintings. His iPad Paintings are the best example of his cross-disciplinary work between photography and painting. Hockney’s application of technological advancements to capture photographic images and transform them into paintings marks a milestone in the history of contemporary art.