Butler to show art made by Hockney on iPad

Butler to show art made by Hockney on iPad

Staff report


An exhibition of works by David Hockney, one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, will open Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art and run through Sept. 24.

Titled “David Hockney: Yosemite,” the exhibition includes eight iPad drawings of scenes from the national park that were selected from the artist’s Yosemite Suite, a collection of prints he made during his visits to the park in 2010 and 2011.

Hockney used a drawing application on his iPad. Working with immediacy to capture the moment, he layered strokes of color on the touch-screen canvas to express the light and texture he was experiencing. Recognizing their visual potential beyond the screen, Hockney transformed the iPad drawings into prints.

“The Butler is honored to host the work of one of the world’s master artists, David Hockney,” said Louis Zona, director of the museum.

“Ever experimenting, [Hockney’s latest exhibition is] particularly interesting to us since Thomas Hill’s 1900 painting “Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite” that is part of the Butler Collection is hanging near Hockney’s interpretation of the great American national park.”

Hockney was born in England in 1937 and taught at the universities of Iowa, Colorado and California through most of the 1960s. Part of the Pop Art Movement of the 1960s, his most recognizable creations are brightly painted landscapes, portraits and still lifes.

The Butler, 524 Wick Ave., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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