Coronavirus shut the world down, closing cinemas, theaters, art galleries, concert halls and museums. It has forced us to social distancing and quarantine by completely changing our habits and lifestyles.
However, it luckily didn’t manage to stop artists’ creativity. Instead, it has achieved the opposite effect on David Hockney’s busy artistic activity. Considered among the greatest living artists, English Mr Hockney is currently living in lockdown in Normandy, in a village near Caen. During this time he has been depicting the spring awakening on his iPad using Brushes app. He has been using iPad for his artworks since 2010 and some of his most iconic works have been exhibited in 2017 in a major retrospective.
Now the idea is to collect and select these new works of art conceived in the solitude of lockdown for a new installation like the one that took place ten years ago, whose focus were the landscapes of Yorkshire, his hometown county. The artist stated: “People like pictures. They won’t go away. Everybody thought cinema would kill theatre, but theatre will always be there because it’s live. Drawing and painting will carry on”. To satisfy this typically human need, Hockney usually sends his paintings to his friends as a symbol of hope in such a sad moment. It’s a way to remember that this terrible virus can’t stop the unceasing vitality of nature.
Above: One of the paintings David Hockney has realized during his lockdown in Normandy.