To enjoy and engage with art is one of the great pleasures of life, and something that’s easier to do now than it ever has been. Galleries and Museums are more accessible and cheaper to enter than ever before, many of London’s best museums are currently free entry.
If you’re a lover of art and design, and also the proud owner of an iPad, then what better way to begin enjoying and experiencing it than through that medium. There are a wealth of apps available that are designed to let you view and browse everything from famous artworks to revolutionary design – we’re going to look at a few of the best right now!
Monet HD is a fantastic app that features the complete collection of paintings of one of the greatest French impressionists. They’re all here is stunning high resolution, just waiting to be poured over.
The fantastic thing about this series of artistic apps is that they feature a virtual museum experience. In this app the viewer is taken through Monet’s lifetime of work and given access to all of the key details about each painting – including the current ownership and location, so you can head off to visit it!
From the same people who brought you Monet HD, there is actually a vast array of these high quality art apps available – but I thought I’d showcase my other favourite nonetheless. To be able to take in all of Van Gogh’s works in one place is truly awe inspiring!
These apps are perfect for anyone studying art, the educational content is there, but also ideal for any lover of great works of art.
On the other end of the artistic spectrum, this app from the The Museum of Modern Art is a dedicated app for the popular 2010-2011 exhibition, ‘Abstract Expressionist New York’. It includes a great number of high resolution images, and loads of information about the artists and NYC history.
The multimedia content available in this app truly works to the iPad’s strengths, with highlights such as in-depth videos on key works of art.
MoMa Books is another app from the museum that gives you dedicated access to a growing number of The Museum of Modern Art’s award-winning books. It allows you to download free samples so you can see whether the content is worth a purchase.
It even includes favorite titles that are no longer available in print – and makes all of the purchased books available on your iPad, anywhere, anytime. The issue is that the pretty bookshelf feel of the app makes you want to complete the set, which could get expensive…
Cool Hunting is a bit of a departure from the previous few apps, in that it’s a more broad publication that seeks out innovation in design, technology, art and culture. The app’s interface is great and really draws you in, while the variety and diversity of content is certainly appealing.
It’s a well curated gallery that’ll always give you something to talk about and share with your friends in the creative sphere.
Developer: Cool Hunting
Art Authority is an excellent app that essentially acts like a virtual museum. Featuring works from more than 1000 artists throughout history, Art Authority is a great way to immerse yourself in a rich tradition of Western artists.
I really like the faux-museum interface, Art Authority is perfect as a coffee table book or a useful study aid.
Developer: Open Door Networks
I just had to include this free app here, the content is simply stunning. Morgan Silk is a gorgeous portfolio app for the multi award winning international photographer, featuring over 250 example of his best work.
If you love photography then this app is a must, the sheer variety of subjects and dramatic impact of his shots is inspiring.
This last entry is a treat, although it’s not really in the same category as the previous apps. Zen Brush is a gorgeous way to get involved and make your own art!
Rather than being a fully fledged painting app like Procreate or Brushes, the beauty of Zen Brush lies in the simplicity of the concept. Create delicious images using and ink brush to write or to paint, the textures and tactile feel of the app is just brilliant. The restricted concept makes Zen Brush compelling easy to pickup.
Hopefully you art fans out there have found a few new ways to appreciate that most expressive element of human culture on your iPad. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means, but one to get you seeing how the iPad can be used differently.
What are your favourite art and design based apps? We’d love to hear, simply post a comment below!