David Hockney

David Hockney Lights Up London with New Work Created on an Apple iPad

David Hockney’s new work entitled ‘Remember You Cannot Look At The Sun Or Death For Very Long’ premiered in Piccadilly Circus, London on Saturday 1 May 2021.

Created by Hockney during lockdown in the Spring of 2020, on an Apple iPad with Apple Pencil the 83 year old artist is no stranger to London but it is the first time his work has been exhibited this way in town. This new body of work – 116 works in total – has been ‘painted’ on an Apple iPad and then printed onto paper, with Hockney overseeing all aspects of production. The art will be shown every evening throughout May and will also be shown on screens in New York, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tokyo.

David Hockney
‘No. 147, 5 April 2020’ iPad Painting ©David Hockney

‘Remember You Cannot Look At The Sun or Death For Very Long’ was created in Normandy, where he has lived since 2019. Hockney has been creating art on an Apple iPad since 2009 and two years before that on his iPhone.

Describing his latest digital artwork, Hockney said “What does the world look like? We have to take time to see its beauty. That’s what I hope my work will encourage people to do when they see it on the large screens“. Created as a symbol of hope and collaboration as the western world at least, gradually emerges from the pandemic. Hockney’s new art book entitled ‘Spring Cannot be Cancelled’ coincides with this new artwork alongside his Royal Academy exhibition, ‘The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020‘. This exhibition will be shown in the Main Galleries from 23 May until 1 August, and then reinstalled in the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries from 11 August until 26 September. The exhibition will include the same works in both locations.

You can follow the exhibition on the digital art platform CIRCA.ART 

A time-limted poster is being sold until the end of May with proceeds going to support grants for artists and institutions who have struggled during the pandemic.

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