An artist who draws his pictures on an iPad has been nicknamed the ‘iPad Picasso’, but Roz Hall who lives near Bury thinks that the fact that his work is on display in places as far away as Tokyo and New York is ‘mad’ (although he is clearly very pleased too). Mr Hall who works at the University of Chichester was commissioned by Apple to produce a series of portraits after they became aware of his ‘finger painting’ talents on his iPad from news reports. It seems the high tech company is keen to show that the iPad is more than a soulless piece of technology, it can be used for creative purposes as well.
Roz chose to create a self-portrait, and portraits of Emma (his wife) plus two students at the university and Aida Stephens who is the owner of a bake shop ‘Whipped and Baked’ in Chichester. Aida met Roz through Twitter, and the day he took her photo for the commission she says that she had been up since 5am to do her baking, was tired, covered in flour and scowling as she was looking into the sun, but she was pleased with the resulting portrait.
Roz took up ‘painting’ on his iPad because he wasn’t able to spend enough time with his wife and family if he was stuck away in his workshop doing traditional painting. He works on an app that cost him roughly £2 and he enjoys iPad painting because it’s much quicker and far less messy while still producing excellent results.
Roz is not alone in enjoying creating art on a iPad, David Hockney, the internationally celebrated artist is also well known for having fairly recently adopted digital media for his art. He began with an iPhone on which he drew small images and sent them to friends, and then realised how versatile the technology could be. What appeals most to Hockney is the immediacy – as he says, you can get up at 6am to see a sunrise, draw it and post a picture to your friends for comment by 7am. He prefers to use his fingers rather than a stylus, changing fingers depending on the type of lines he wants, and even working left handed (he is naturally right handed) to give him a freedom of expression that using his stronger right hand would not allow. He has also experimented with animation in his works
Initially, Hockney used to print and frame his digital pictures for display, but in his most recent exhibition, he has displayed them on large high definition screens on the gallery walls, to much critical acclaim. Famously eccentric, David Hockney has bespoke tailored clothing with pockets that have been made large enough for him to carry his iPad with him in case inspiration strikes at any moment. Mr Hockney is 77 years old – who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?