Artist David Hockney began experimenting with painting fresh flowers on his iPhone when he first got the smartphone and the Brushes app in 2009. Soon, his closest friends were receiving email attachments of original digital nature, including curator Charlie Scheips. Now, with over 600 “paintings”, Scheips has arranged for a gallery show of Hockney’s work.
We’re showing 300 iPhone and iPad paintings on a new kind of screen. I’ve only just seen it today. The color from it is ravishing…With this show, one of the great difficulties was, how will people see the paintings? When I sent them personally, on an iPhone, I knew people would be holding the iPhone in their hand, and that my hand made the paintings in that size. When you put an iPhone on a wall, it’s a bit too small. Twenty iPads look good together on a wall, but 100 together are a little too bright. We tried that in England. The way it’s done here, on a mixture of screens, some measuring up to four-and-a-half meters, they really glow marvelously. You don’t see any pixels.
Read more and see the paintings at Vogue.com