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 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.
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”.