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David Hockney, 'The Grand Canyon' (1998). Courtesy of Ron Cogswell/Flickr
David Hockney, 'The Grand Canyon' (1998). Courtesy of Ron Cogswell/Flickr
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British Artist David Hockney Designs Special Edition Logo for The Sun

Picture of Rachel Gould
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 28 February 2017
It’s been quite a year for 79 year old British artist David Hockney. Between the winter 2016 release of his colossal, limited-edition monograph and his upcoming Tate retrospective in February, Hockney is enjoying a tidal wave of late-life success. Just one more feather in his cap, The Sun will release a one-off edition designed by the OM, CH, and RA-awarded artist on Friday, February 3rd.

Sporting the publication’s usual bright red masthead with bold white text, Friday’s limited-edition issue will be enhanced with David Hockney’s iPad-generated depiction of the sun. “I was delighted to be asked. Once I thought about the idea it didn’t take me long. The sun and The Sun. I love it,” the artist exclaimed in a statement.

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As one of Britain’s most celebrated and influential living artists, Hockney’s Sun design came as a disappointment to some. This slightly unusual collaboration has been used to argue that perhaps Hockney didn’t take the assignment too seriously, while proponents are saying the new and improved masthead is an uplifting representation of Hockney’s beloved oeuvre: playful, spirited, and appropriately sunny.

David Hockney, 'A Bigger Splash' (1967). Courtesy of Ian Burt/Flickr
David Hockney, ‘A Bigger Splash’ (1967). Courtesy of Ian Burt/Flickr

The artist has experimented with iPad technology since the early 2000s, when he discovered the device’s advanced artistic capabilities without the mess of real paint. In 2010 Hockney unveiled The Yosemite Suite a collection of iPad drawings printed on paper.

Hockney rose to prominence in the 1960s and has garnered acclaim for his technicolor landscapes. Sun-drenched and geometric, Hockney’s bold paintings often depict his hometown of Yorkshire and his adopted home in LA. Months before his 80th birthday the artist will welcome a major retrospective at Tate Britain, which has subsequently caused the value of his work to soar in anticipation.