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IPad Art, the latest drawing medium

Artist Statement – An evolution of the medium

Throughout the ages, man has always drawn. The earliest cave drawings found in the Lascaux Cave in France were produced by using ochre/charcoal and pigments suspended in animal fat and drawn on the cave walls. Early Egyptian drawing and paintings, were produced on Papyrus. The Renaissance artists used the latest technology and methods. Renaissance drawing supports included a range of reusable tools ( e.g. erasable wooden TABLETS with a layer of ground bone mixed with saliva ), a parchment made from goat/pig/calf-skin soaked in the lime paper ( often tinted ), linen & canvas. I guess I am trying to make the argument that artists have always embraced the newest technologies and sciences to express themselves. We can refer to the printing press, etching plates, photography in the late eighteen hundreds, and of course more recently the computer. I use, as did generations of artists before me, the tools at hand to make marks, instead of drawing on paper or parchment. I draw on a screen. Instead of using a pen / brush /pencil or pallet knife, I use my finger or an Apple pencil. In some ways using my finger gives me the feeling of having a more direct attachment to my work. David Hockney, famous British artist, in more recent years has been producing art works on his IPhone ,I pad and video. Using the latest technology has allowed him to not only produce exciting new works, but also to exhibit his work any where in the world by means of the internet. He recently exibited at The National Gallery Of Victoria. Some of the works in this exhibition are displayed on nine High-Definition screens. I have produced a number of series of works, using my I Pad. There are a many benefits of using a drawing package. The first to come to mind is the transportability of the “studio”. I can work any where; I can simply send my work anywhere in the world, and I can produce any size my client likes, without losing any quality of the mage (no pixilation). The work can be printed on many surfaces, ( acrylic, glass, wood, canvas, almost any surface you can think of ) and because the drawing is a digital file it can be reproduced as a carpet, tapestry, clothing, fabric and furnishing material. In my opinion, the concept is paramount; the execution can be learnt; and with practise, the concept and execution can deliver a unique work of art. Nigel Lazenby