David Hockney speaks about The Queen's Window
David Hockney designs Westminster Abbey window painting using an iPad
David Hockney has unveiled his latest work in London, but it's a little different than usual. The famed artist has designed a colourful country scene of Yorkshire Wolds for a Westminster Abbey stained-glass window, using just his iPad.
The 81-year-old art legend used the device because it was backlit like the window, which was then created by a team of 10 craftspeople at a Barley stained-glass studio in York. The piece is a celebration of the Queen’s reign and has been installed in the north transept of the Abbey, above statues of former Prime Ministers Peel, Gladstone and Disraeli.
Hockney visited the piece on Wednesday and said: “I know this is a historic place and I know it’s going to last.”
The Dean of Westminster believes that the Queen would love the piece. “To have a country scene for a woman who absolutely loves the country, you get those images of the Queen driving her Land Rover in her Mac up in Scotland… it is an ideal celebration.”
Her majesty has seen sketch of the window, but not the finished piece yet. Hall explains that the Queen can be a hard person to read, rarely expressing a “strong reaction” according to theGuardian.
Hall admits that the vibrant Hockney piece is a refreshing change to the rest of the Abbey, which he thinks can be “too intense”.
“It is wonderful to have something which is utterly contemporary from one of the greatest artists of the Queen’s reign," he said.
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