David Hockney, 81, started his illustrious art career as a painter and pop-art pioneer long before Apple was founded. But Hockney has embraced the tech giant's gadgets and used an iPad to design a new stained-glass window that debuted on Wednesday at London's Westminster Abbey.
The Abbey commissioned The Queen's Window to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The window, crafted by stained-glass artists at Barley Studio, depicts a countryside scene in the bright colors associated with Hockney's vivid work.
"The subject reflects The Queen as a countrywoman and her widespread delight in, and yearning for, the countryside," the Abbey said.
Hockney said the iPad was a natural fit for rendering the stained glass since it is backlit like a window, The Guardian reports.
Hockney embraced the iPad as a drawing tool back in 2010 (the year the iPad debuted) and has also created works using an iPhone. A highlighted his digital work. Hockney's website also include extensive galleries of his iPad and iPhone art.
The new work is located in the Abbey's north transept and replaces a window that had been plain glass. Westminster Abbey will formally dedicate the window on Oct. 2.