David Hockney’s iPhone Art

By iphonepa | August 10, 2009

David Hockney iPhone Painting

Renowned British artist David Hockney (72) has added the iPhone’s Brushes app to vast artmaking toolset. He is no newcomer to digital media, shown in this youtube video series (5 part) of a documentary of his early use of the high-end Quantel PaintBox computer video paint application back in the mid-80s. In watching this video I was struck by how today’s 10 dollar iPhone app almost revels the capabilities of a $150 grand 1980’s computer application! Like when the narrator proclaims “he can even select different widths for the brushes!”. (parts 2 – 5 of this documentary can be seen on youtube)

David Hockney iPhone Painting

David Hockney seems to have been making little iPhone paintings for friends and briefly had them available for download on a BBC website. You can see some of his iPhone paintings displayed in homes on the Second Life virtual world. More information about this can be found here.

David Hockney Second Life iPhone Painting

Not everyone is enchanted with David Hockney’s iPhone painting and iPhone art in general- this artfagcity blog post has some thought provoking criticisms such as his saying “The iPhone as medium is a gimmick that needs to die a quick death”.

3 Responses to “David Hockney’s iPhone Art”

  1. Pieces for the Museum of the Near Future « Info Gluttony Says:
    September 4th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    […] think of the Museum of the Future.  From my Googling, I see that Hockney’s works are already on display in SecondLife homes. Perhaps the globally accessible Internet museum is […]

  2. MadSilence Says:
    May 5th, 2010 at 2:20 am

    […] Colombo isn’t the only artist that creates iPhone mini masterpieces.  Even British artist David Hockney has added this app to his artistic […]

  3. gordon Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    i think this iphone art is pretty immature…