Artist David Hockney Brings Festive Cheer to Battersea Power Station

Iconic artist, David Hockney, has unveiled his latest Christmas-themed artwork to bring “joy and hope” to people in London.

Every day until Christmas Day, visitors of Battersea Power Station can see Hockney’s Bigger Christmas Trees artwork depicting two large green and purple striped Christmas trees, each with a gold star at the top. It’s being displayed on the landmark’s two chimneys, which measure 100 metres in height and overlook the River Thames.

“Battersea Power Station is such a beautiful building, I wanted to decorate it in a way that I hoped would bring joy and hope to Londoners,” said Hockney, 86.

The artist, who is known for using a range of mediums, used an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to create the design. Hockney has used Apple products in his artwork for more than 15 years including the first iPhone model in 2007.

Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Greg Joswiak said Hockney’s artwork was a “gift” for London, adding: “David is one of the world’s most important and influential artists, and we couldn’t be more excited to see his latest creation lighting up Battersea Power Station.

“It is a privilege for us that he chooses iPad for his work, and to create this beautiful Christmas gift for the people of London.”

Hockney’s other work using an iPad includes a stained glass window and a piece to highlight the natural world, which he created during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With a career spanning over six decades, David Hockney OM CH RA, who was born in 1937, is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

From painting, drawing, printmaking, set design, and photography to media ranging from fax machines to iPads, Hockney continues to demonstrate an abiding interest in pushing the boundaries of creative expression.

Writing in his book, David Hockney: My Window, the artist explained his love for this modern medium:

“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 even have to get out of bed. Everything I needed was on the iPhone.”

The Bigger Christmas Trees artwork will be displayed in a 10-minute animation on two of Battersea Power Station’s towers from 5pm to 10pm every evening until Christmas Day.