Artist Touched by iPad Possibilities
From smh.com, Sep 15, 2010
From A Bigger Grand Canyon to a bright little screen, 73-year-old English artist David Hockney has shown his ability to be adaptable.
After its release in April, the Apple iPad was bought by three million people in 80 days and Hockney, best known in Australia for his 60 panel canvas A Bigger Grand Canyon at the National Gallery of Australia, happened to be one of the many people who bought the device.
ANU School of Art head of core computer studies Gilbert Riedelbauch presented yesterday two of Hockney's recent works in which he took advantage of the iPad as a drawing and communications device.
Mr Riedelbauch said he had elected Hockney as his latest core computer studies role model as the artist had experimented with a wide variety of technologies to make and produce his art work. These included not only the iPad, but fax machines, photocopiers and Polaroid pictures.
"Currently he explores the digital canvas of the iPhone and iPad devices to draw new works using the most direct mark-making tool - his fingers," Mr Riedelbauch said.
Hockney, a painter, printmaker and set designer, shared his two works so they could be used as teaching tools.
"Reminding him of stained glass, Hockney enjoys the wonderful clear and vibrant screen images of these devices," Mr Riedelbauch said.
"He uses the ability to share his digital works easily with others who have similar equipment."
Mr Riedelbauch said the next generation of art was significant in first year university teaching courses, in which students were introduced to the professional use of technologies for their creative practice. "New technologies will play a role in their practice in various ways, either promoting themselves, communicating with others or having work based on the media itself," he said.
Mr Riedelbauch said Hockney used the iPad freely, emailing his digital works to friends.
"Apparently he does a drawing every morning when he gets up ... these two gorgeous images speak of the quality and the possibilities of these iPads."
Hockney created the two works on display yesterday using the Apple application, Brushes.
Mr Riedelbauch said while the iPad had the potential to change the future of art, he didn't think it would replace traditional image-making in a hurry. "The iPad can do various things wonderfully, but many other things like charcoal drawings or an old painting will always have its own presence and is unique.
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