For the artist 'paints' with an iPad. Connor, who lives in Newport, is an en plein air painter who works outdoors with his tablet in hand rather than a canvas and paintbrush. Last year his work was presented to 61 world leaders as a state gift by the UK Government when the Nato Summit was in Wales. Now it will be taken to an even wider audience when it goes on show at a gallery in Cardiff next week. The light at sunset and sunrise is deeply inspiring, as are the many and varied weather systems we are blessed with in Wales.
Tell us more… We are in the serious business of improving lives and user experiences with mobile digital devices. Few cultures are as strongly linked to the land as those who live in, work or visit the Lake District. As a landscape artist I observe how Cumbrians have shaped the land, and in doing so utilise it to greatest effect and affect. I seek to do the same. I lead a new movement of artists dedicated to painting outside on digital devices. The Lakes is largely an outdoor culture. People take their digital devices with them when they go outside. So the two entities use is often linked, but not as well as it could be….
Feb 9, BirchallsBritain , Birchall Live. The Lake District has long inspired writers, poets and artists. Its 16 sparkling lakes, jagged peaks and dramatic weather create landscapes that capture the imagination. Here we share a tea with Joseph Connor, who represents a new breed of digital artists and hopes to encourage everyone to get out and sketch using their smartphones and tablets. The joy in what I do arises from being outside, and having the time to look more intently at the places I visit.
On the 5th September, an artist made artistic history by gifting the artwork created on a mobile device to the world leaders at the NATO Summit in Wales. To our even greater delight, Joseph Anthony Connor was using the ArtRage for iPad app for his work, including the famous painting itself. This used to be quite a complicated proposition, as artists would have to carry canvases, paints and easel and find somewhere to settle down for the day. With increasingly compact and capable tablets and painting apps such as ArtRage, artists are able to wander freely and paint at a whim, with an entire paintbox of realistic options at their fingertips.