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David Hockney presents more than 100 new and optimistic works celebrating the natural world, created during lockdown on his iPad.

This exhibition shows a series of new works created by David Hockney on his iPad at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, when he was in lockdown at his home in Normandy. The digital paintings capture the unfolding of spring, celebrating the natural world during an unprecedented period of uncertainty. Fascinated by representing the passing of time through painting, Hockney captures the changes in the trees as spring arrives in Normandy.

Famous for his portraits and paintings of sunlit swimming pools and enchanting forests, in 2007 Hockney began to experiment with digital art, starting to make work on his iPhone, and he later started using the iPad, which enabled him to capture his subjects rapidly. The works he created on his iPad during lockdown are being printed on paper at a large-scale and densely hung, evoking a sense of immersion in nature across the Royal Academy’s galleries.

PaintingPrints & drawingsContemporary artLondonArt gallery

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