- During the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, David Hockney was in Normandy, and recorded the arrival of spring in exuberant iPad paintings
- Over a hundred new iPad paintings on display at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2021
- Published to accompany an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, 23 May – 26 August 2021
At the beginning of 2020, just as global Covid-19 restrictions were coming into force, the artist David Hockney was at his house, studio and garden in Normandy. From there, he witnessed the arrival of spring, and recorded the blossoming of the surrounding landscape on his iPad, amedium he has been using for over a decade. Working outdoors was an antidote to the anxiety of the moment for Hockney – 'We need art, and I do think it can relieve stress,' he says.
This uplifting publication – produced to accompany a major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts – includes 116 of his new iPad paintings and shows to full effect Hockney's singular skill in capturing the exuberance of nature.
"Created while sheltering in place at his home in the French countryside last year as the first wave of lockdowns swept the globe, the serial landscapes - including water lilies àla Monet and fruit trees slowly bursting into bloom - speak to the liberating power of creativity. "We need art, and I do think it can relieve stress," Hockney said in an interview with the exhibition's curator, Edith Devaney, which opens the volume.The book also includes an augmented reality feature that allows smartphones to scan images and play a corresponding animation." --Harper's Bazaar
"Immersing himself in a bucolic farm setting, David Hockney finds inspired relief from lockdown." --Dominic Green, Wall Street Journal
About the Author
William Boyd is the author of sixteen novels, among them A Good Man in Africa (1981), An Ice Cream War (1982), Any Human Heart (2002), Restless (2006) and Trio (2020).
is Contemporary Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
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