David Hockney: Combining Art & Technology

Forget about waiting for paint to dry, those days are over!

“Untitled, 10 June 2010″ iPad Drawing © David Hockney

The iPad allows you to paint without expensive colours and brushes, replacing the old pallet with a tablet computer.

The Arrival of Spring iPad painting by David Hockney

David Hockney has been using the iPad to paint anything from landscapes to still life.

David Hockney at his exhibition at the Royal Academy, he is standing in front of one of his large oil paintings (not an iPad painting)

His recent exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, displayed a number of his digital art pieces among his other larger oil pieces. The striking images are mostly defined by their vibrant colours, found in the face of the subject or in stunning landscapes he has captured so beautifully.

Local New Forest artist Jeanie Mellersh, a pioneer of digital art has also been experimenting with the iPad.

Sunset Lagoon Pruchten by Jeanie Mellersh

She takes the iPad into the forest and to the beach and paints the beautiful scenerey around her without worrying about her paints and brushes.

She simply finds the iPad practical and easy to use and the digital aspect allows her to share her artwork with a wider audience.

Cold beach at Zingst by Jeanie Mellersh

Woody lane after David Hockney by Jeanie Mellersh

Upcycling Exhibition at The Old Cinema

The Old Cinema in Chiswick is hosting an exhibition on upcycled furniture. The pieces on display illuminate the space with an array of striking and colourful designs. A perfect day out to gain some inspiration for your home. The pieces are crafted from waste materials and have been recreated into beautiful high quality objects.

In the words of Reiner Pilz

“what we need is upcycling – where old products are given more value not less.”

The wide range of artists on display at the exhibition allows it to cater for different needs and different tastes.

By Kelly Swallow

Kelly Swallow‘s stunning patchwork upholstered chairs are created as unique pieces made with vintage or designer fabric.

By Kelly Swallow

Handmade lamps by Sarah Turner liven up the room with their incredible shapes. They are made from old plastic drinks bottles and sculpted into a variety of intricate forms.

Lamp by Sarah Turner

The Rag and Bone have constructed a range of eccentric metal lamps, chairs and other objects mostly made from junk.

Lamp by The Rag and Bone Man

The authentic vintage furniture by Ines Cole give an almost rustic feel to the interior.

By Ines Cole

By Lucy Turner

Lucy Turner‘s retro exotic pieces are particularly striking, she transforms and customises mid-century furniture with the clever use of laser cut laminate.

By Lucy Turner

The exhibition runs until Sunday, March 25th.

MirrorMedia

MirrorMedia

MirrorMedia

Mirror Media have come up with an ingenious way of hiding TVs and computer screens behind beautifully framed mirrors that hang on the wall.

It's a mirror. It's not a mirror. It's a TV!

This is great news for lovers of their home decor and interior designers looking for a solution to the current eyesore that are TVs and multimedia systems.

stylish sitting room showing use of MirrorMedia (the framed mirror is also a TV).

Worth looking at their website.

For a home like this a TV console would be horrendous! This is a much more civilised solution and respects the interior decor.

Michael Wolf – Sitting China

Michael Wolf’s book on ‘Sitting China’ is a simple idea yet it creates a theme which is surprisingly insightful into the world of people living in such a booming country. His photographs show old, modern, broken and creative pieces put together to suit everyday needs.

They are not meant to be works of art, they are purely functional. That is how they are intended at least, he photographs chairs that have been fixed and adapted to serve a primary purpose – sitting.

No matter how basic these chairs may be, he has found creativity and characters in objects that are often old and quirky however they are still functional and are put to good use.

While in China he received criticism from people who watched him photograph these often dilapidated and strange looking contraptions. Some felt he was trying to paint China in a bad light.

He tried to explain that he was in fact fascinated by these chairs as they provided far more character than a modern sleek chair. The book appears to be documenting pieces which may seem like art to many people.

It shows different sides of China, it would be unreasonable to assume China is full of dilapidated chairs, but it would also be unrealistic to think that these would not exist in any country.

Street Art in Spring

As the first cherry blossoms are livening up the streets of London, it is a reminder that spring is almost here. After months of grey and limited sun light there are many reasons to be cheerful. Soon the trees and flowers will gain their new buds and make the world a more colourful place.

However there has been some premature colour on a number of trees in East london lately as bright knitted crochet sleeves have been wrapped around the trees standing outside Hackney town hall.

You can find street art is all over London, in places which you may not expect or notice. I cycled past this no entry sign everyday for two months before I noticed it looked a little odd.

Merging art with nature, or the few trees that remind us of nature in London, seems to be a big theme with artists integrating quirky installations with green spaces. As I was strolling around in the rain this afternoon I looked up at the miserable grey clouds responsible for my soaking wet hair and for the first time I noticed a huge block of birdhouses on a tree. The extensive structure is both striking and strange, it has been described as an estate for birds and does indeed seem to have room for quite a few species.

These quirky little details bright and obvious or hidden in dark corners make me smile when I come across them. It reminds me of the eccentric nature and creativity of this city.