* The exhibition at Tate Britain will feature Hockney’s work across six decades
* The paintings capture the sunny optimism of Sixties California
* Viewers will be able to watch animations showing how the images are composed
Giant screens across Britain will show digital paintings by English artist David Hockney for a week starting on Thursday, as an exhibition of the pop art pioneer’s work goes on display at London’s Tate Britain museum.
According to Reuters newas agency, the paintings are part of more than 70 works Hockney drew on an Apple iPad and iPhone, and will be displayed across screens in seven cities – London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
Every half hour, viewers in public locations will be able to see a minute-long animated clip of Hockney’s brushstrokes building gradually to reveal his paintings. The animations show how the images are composed, as if we’re gaining privileged access to the master at work.
One of the drawings on show, “Untitled, 382”, depicts Hockney’s garden in Los Angeles, split down the middle with a call to action: “Keep Calm and Carry On Drawing.”
Hockney, 79, left his native Yorkshire for Los Angeles in the 1960s. His paintings of swimming pools, friends and lovers captured the sunny optimism of Sixties California.
‘I was brought up,’ he said, ‘in Bradford and Hollywood.’ He had seen Los Angeles in Technicolor, brighter than bright, in Singin’ in the Rain on trips to the pictures. The first time he saw the city for real, in 1964, aged 26, his first impression was of pool after pool: ‘As I flew over San Bernardino and saw the swimming-pools and the houses and everything and the sun, I was more thrilled than I have ever been in arriving in any city.
He has made paintings on the iPad since 2010, the year the device was launched.
The exhibition at Tate Britain will feature Hockney’s work across six decades and runs from February 9 to May 29.