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iPad a work of art as David Hockney swaps easel for apps

Acclaimed artist David Hockney has swapped his brushes for an Apple iPad in his latest exhibition.

We don't know much about art, but we know what we like. We like gadgets, almost as much as revered British artist David Hockney, who has created an exhibition of paintings made entirely on his Apple iPad.

Fleurs Fraiches, or Fresh Flowers, is the name of the exhibit on display at the Fondation Pierre Bergé in Paris. Rather than printing out the drawings, the iPads themselves are displayed. This way, art-lovers can see Hockney's work just as it was created, just like hanging an original canvas. The exhibition also includes a video of Hockney finger-painting the Eiffel Tower and animated versions of the Fresh Flowers drawings.

Hockney is beguiled with the speed and fluidity of the device, which he began using to create drawings and send to friends. He paints with his fingers and often with his left hand, even though he is right-handed.

"It's a real privilege to make these works of art through digital tools which mean you don't have the bother of water, paints, and the chore of clearing things away," he told the BBC. "You know sometimes I get so carried away, I wipe my fingers at the end thinking that I've got paint on them."

Hockney has even invested in a tailor-made suit with extra-large pockets for his iPad. His previous experiments with art and technology go back to photocollages in the 1970s, and the Quantel Paintbox art software of the 1980s, as well as buying one of the first colour photocopiers and even faxing entire works to exhibitions. He'd probably go as far as voting for the iPad to win our Greatest Gadget of the 21st Century tournament.

Hockney created the paintings using the Brushes app. Other painting and drawing apps include Autodesk SketchBook Mobile, Artist's Touch and iDraw.

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