Annely Juda Fine Art is delighted to present ‘David Hockney: iPhone and iPad drawings 2009-2012 and New Photographic Drawings’ showcasing 27 limited edition prints created either on the iPhone or iPad, along with four new ‘Photographic Drawing’ editions. The exhibition will be on the fourth floor and will run from 16th July – 31st August 2018.
The 27 iPhone and iPad drawings in this exhibition include four self-portraits and 23 intimate musings on the artist’s daily surroundings. Hockney enjoys the immediacy of the iPhone and iPad as medium, allowing him to draw in any location, and often sends daily sketches by email to family and friends. Each image has been printed to a uniform size of approximately 94 x 71cm and each is framed in the same dark wooden frame.
Also on view will be four new ‘Photographic Drawings’. By making composite images of photographs and paintings, Hockney amalgamates various viewpoints of interior scenes in his LA studio, deliberately altering perspective and throwing our traditional understanding of depth off kilter. Recent works have furthered this exploration by deviating from the standard square or rectangular canvas. This can be seen in ‘Focus Moving’ whereby the six-sided format attempts to further transcend the limitations of conventional space.
Works in this exhibition convey Hockney’s ability to depict that which surrounds him with a unique and signature style and viewpoint. It also builds on his unwavering interest in new technology and its ability to offer new ways of exploring our perception of reality. Hockney, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, quickly became accustomed to drawing on the ‘brushes’ app on the iPhone and proceeded to draw with an iPad, which he says: “takes it to a new level - simply because it’s eight times the size of an iPhone, as big as a reasonably sized sketchbook.” Hockney believes the software to be so advanced that it keeps up with the artist’s hand and allows sufficient sensitivity in colour and painterly line. It shows the artist’s skill in minute detail and striking colours, further to the fluidity and accuracy of his line. Meanwhile, in the ‘Photographic Drawings’, Hockney furthers his exploration into the limits of single-point perspective, something which has been prevalent throughout his career, from his paintings, photo collages and videos.
David Hockney is one of the most celebrated artists of his generation and is perhaps the most recognised living artist. Recently, a major retrospective of his work was shown at Tate Britain, London (2017); the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2018). The exhibition, 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life is currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the show was organized by the Royal Academy, London (2016) and travelled to Ca’ Pesaro, Venice (2017) and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (2017-8). A number of the iPhone and iPad drawings in this exhibition were first presented in Hockney’s solo exhibition Fresh Flowers at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, France (2010), where the drawings were displayed on iPhones and iPads. They were subsequently shown in David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition at the de Young Museum, San Francisco (2012) and David Hockney: Current at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2016).
David Hockney: Born in Bradford in 1937 • Studied at the Royal College of Art from 1959-1962 • First solo exhibition in 1963 • Represented by Annely Juda Fine Art since 1996 • Known for responding to new technological possibilities • Famously started using polaroid photography, faxed images and photocopying in his art • International solo exhibitions throughout his career • Works are held in many international public collections.