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

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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.

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‘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.

By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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