David Hockney designs first iPad window for Westminster Abbey in honour of

The Queen's Window David Hockney poses in front of The Queen's Window, a new stained glass window designed by Hockney and created by Barley Studio York, at Westminster Abbey A stained glass window designed on an iPad by David Hockney to celebrate the Queen’s reign has been unveiled at Westminster Abbey, saying:  “I hope she’ll like it”.The window, the artist’s first work in stained glass, reflects the Queen’s love for and connection with the countryside.Hockney’s design was created on his iPad and is set within his beloved Yorkshire and features hawthorn blossom.It uses his distinct colour palette of yellow, red, blue, pink, orange and greens.The new window, called The Queen’s Window, can be found in the Abbey’s north transept. Hockney was asked to design something symbolic or representational, rather than a figurative design.Attending the unveiling, Hockney said: “The iPad is back-lit like a window. It’s a natural thing to use.”Landscape is nature. The previous window put up in here was also nature, lilies.”I chose the hawthorn which is [for] four days [like] the moment when champagne looks as though it’s been poured over all the bushes.”It’s a rather celebratory thing. It’s the height of the spring and summer”. He said of designing his first stained glass window: “I learnt something about glass. It was a challenge.”The artist said of Westminster Abbey: “I know this is a historic place and I know it’s going to last.” The Queen’s WindowCredit:Eddie Mulholland The artist said of the window’s Westminster Abbey home: “I know this is a historic place and I know it’s going to last.”Hockney once said that he turned down the chance to paint the Queen because he was “very busy painting England actually, her country”. Tomorrow, a new stained glass window will be unveiled.It has been designed by one of Britain’s most influential contemporary artists, #DavidHockney. pic.twitter.com/kYkpX5Yq7o— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) September 25, 2018 Hockney, 81, is one of Britain’s most-loved artists and famous for his Yorkshire landscapes and paintings of Californian life.Barley Studio, a stained glass studio based in York, created the window using traditional techniques. Asked whether he had any response to the window from the Queen, who has seen a sketch and will see the real thing when she visits Westminster Abbey in November, said: “Not yet, but I hope she’ll like it. I’m sure she will.” he said: “Not yet but I hope she’ll like it. I’m sure she will.”Westminster Abbey said that the result “reflects the Queen as a countrywoman and her widespread delight in, and yearning for, the countryside”.The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said: “I’m excited by it.”I think there’s absolutely no harm at all in having something which is particular and vibrant and different. Today we’re revealing our new stained glass window, The Queen’s Window, designed by #DavidHockney and created by Barley Studio.More photos later. Meanwhile, here’s Hockney’s signature in the bottom right corner of the window.More info ➡️ https://t.co/BTSGjBnDAO pic.twitter.com/XS5I0O0anO— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) September 26, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. David Hockney poses in front of The Queen’s Window, a new stained glass window designed by Hockney and created by Barley Studio York, at Westminster AbbeyCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph “Some of the glass here is not very good. Some of it is not too bad, but this has a wonderful, beautiful, easily accessible vibrant colour. I think people will enjoy it.”He added: “It’s going to be here until the end. Who knows what’s going to happen in the future.” read more

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