New book to celebrate David Hockney's rarely-seen iPad drawings

"David Hockney: My Window" compiles the iPhone and iPad drawings the British painter created between 2009 and 2019 from a window of his former Yorkshire house.

The publication features more than 120 digital images chronicling the course of the seasons, which Hockney drew with a stylus pen on the Brushes app.

"I started on the iPhone in 2009 ...there was great advantage in this medium because it's backlit and I could draw in the dark. I didn't ever have to get out of bed. Everything I needed was on the iPhone," the British painter explains in the book's foreword, giving an intimate insight into his daily life.

Hockney has long been interested in the use of technology to make art, controversially stating in his 2011 book "Secret Knowledge" that Old Masters used proto-photographic devices like the camera lucida and the convex mirror.

The 82-year-old artist, who has previously worked with Polaroids, fax machines and digital videos in his practice, claims that he was not "an iPad artist."

"I just happen to be an artist who uses the iPad, I'm not an iPad artist. It's just a medium. But I am aware of the revolutionary aspects of it, and its implications," he told art curator Anders Kold during a conference held in 2011 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Hockney's iPad drawings were previously included in the presentation "David Hockney: A Biggest Exhibition," which was on view at San Francisco's De Young Museum in 2014.

While "David Hockney: My Window" will be released in late January, the British artist will be the subject of a major exhibition opening on February 27 at London's National Gallery of Portrait.

"David Hockney: Drawing From Life" will feature 150 works by the artist, marking the first presentation devoted to his drawings in over 20 years.

Drawings of some of Hockney's favorite sitters will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery, alongside self-portraits dating from his school-boy days in the 1950s.

"David Hockney: My Window" is available for pre-order on Taschen's website, with editions ranging from $2,000 to $17,500.