The app that turns your TV into a work of art

ArtKick TV art streaming application (©2013 Stephen Kahn)

ArtKick TV art streaming application (©2013 Stephen Kahn)


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Even the sleekest of TVs can look overbearing when switched off, but what if you could use your set as a framework for classical art?

Digital art is working its way into interiors, helped by the likes of ArtKick -- a free app that allows users to stream photographs and paintings onto internet-connected televisions.

The app sources images from international museums, NASA and the Library of Congress and formats them to allow users to browse them via category.

Images are controlled via smartphone or tablet and can be changed as often as users wish.

The brainchild of former Chief Innovation Officer at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Sheldon Laube, ArtKick also allows users to create and share 'view lists' of one another's selected paintings.

Laube was inspired to create the app while attending a photography talk at a museum in San Fransisco.

"I started thinking about my niece and nephew," he told Relaxnews. "I thought that they probably had not purchased a CD in years, if ever, and they got all of their music digitally.

"At that moment I realized that they would probably want to obtain art digitally also."

Interchangeable digital art has been on the radar for a while -- Bill Gates developed a system for showing famous paintings on screens over a decade ago -- but the concept has yet to really take off.

But as Internet-connected screens become more affordable, the average price of a basic HDTV is becoming increasingly comparable to the cost of buying and framing fine art prints.