David Hockney’s digital paintings will be featured in an international exhibition

‘iPad’ Floral Paintings by David Hockney

photography: David Hockney

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A group of iPad “paintings” created by David Hockey in 2021 will be exhibited by five leading galleries in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, starting in November.

The 20 floral paintings were inspired by the British artist’s daily observations while quarantined in his studio and residence in Normandy, France.

“I was just sitting at the table in our house and saw flowers in a vase on the table,” Hockney said in a press release. “A few days later, I started another (painting) from the same position with the same ceramic vase. It took longer to do. I then realized that if I put the flowers in a glass vase, the sun would catch the water and painting the glass would be a more interesting thing to do. So I left.

The works vary in flower species, vase types, and tablecloth colors, but all consistently showcase Hockney’s artistic technique and dedication to his subject.

Hockney, 85, has been using tablets for drawing and painting since their invention a decade ago, allowing him to be prolific in painting and more easily replicate works.

The 20 “paintings” were included in an exhibition “Hockney-Matisse: A Paradise Found” at the Matisse Museum in Nice this summer. They will be exhibited at Annely Juda Fine Art in London, at Galerie Lelong & Co. in Paris and at GRAY in Chicago from the beginning of November to the end of December; then at the LA Louver in Los Angeles from mid-November to early January 2023, and at Pace in New York from mid-January to the end of February.

Alongside the 20 paintings, a large format photographic drawing, June 25, 2022, Looking at the flowers, created by Hockney this year and never seen publicly before. In a similar fashion to his “pool” series in which the artist himself is featured, the drawing depicts Hockney twice, once on the right side of the stage, and once on the left, seated in an armchair and looking at his still lifes of flowers. displayed on a navy blue wall, according to the broadcasts press release.

It is very unusual for leading galleries to exhibit the same group of works by the same artist almost simultaneously. This further proves Hockney’s market power as one of today’s most successful living artists.

In November 2018, Hockney’s 1972 work Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold at Christie’s in New York for $90.3 million, a then-record price for a living artist sold at auction. Over the past two years, his paintings have continued to fetch high prices at auctions around the world.

Marilyn M. Davis