British artist David Hockney has an exhibition happening at London’s Royal Academy that features pieces he did on his iPad. His iPad. You know, that thing that you’ve seen people with, and they’re playing Zombie Cafe or downloading Dirty Dancing? Yeah, he made paintings that are being publicly displayed at a place that includes the words “Academy” and “Royal” in its name.
“Well,” you say, with perhaps a little more attitude than is necessary, since, come on, I’m just the messenger, “He’s an established and respected artist. So he dabbles in drawings on an iPad and it gets shown. Steve Martin could send The New Yorker his grocery list and they’d probably publish it in ‘Shouts & Murmurs.’ Maybe it’s some simplistic piece of crap that looks like it was cranked out on an Etch-A-Sketch!”
Now here’s part of a piece called The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire that he did on his iPad:
Sigh. It’s impressive and lovely and now I feel awful about myself. Thanks a lot, David Hockney.
Still feeling good about yourself? Do a quick Google Images search for “Etch a Sketch Art.” That ought to do the trick!