David Hockney will exhibit his lockdown ‘iPad Drawings’ at the Royal Academy

The Royal Academy recently announced a 2021 exhibition ‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’, which will showcase new works by the artist created in the spring of 2020 during lockdown. 


The artist shared images of the iPad drawings whilst he worked, offering many people hope and respite during the uncertainty brought on by the global pandemic. This exhibition will chart his journey through this period.


The Royal Academy announced online “Opening exactly a year after the works were made during the global pandemic, this exhibition will be a reminder of the constant renewal and wonder of the natural world – and the beauty of spring.”


Hockney made the work whilst he was living in Normandy with his two longstanding assistants and dog Ruby. 


In the show, each work will be printed and enlarged to allow the viewer to see the detail of each stroke and gesture. 


Hockney experimented with new technologies and began using his iPhone to paint in 2007 before developing this practise on the iPad and Stylus.   



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October 14, 2020