Drawn from Life: People on Paper Exhibition

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F.E. McWilliam Gallery

Address: 200 Newry Street

Town: Banbridge

Area: Down

Postcode: BT32 3NB

Telephone: (028) 406 23322

Email: info@femcwilliam.com

Web Address: www.femcwilliam.com

Start Date: Friday 10th February 2017 10:00

End Date: Saturday 1st April 2017 17:00

Duration: three months

Entrance Fee: FREE

Disabled Access: Yes

The Exhibiton comprises fifty drawings of the human figure, spanning a period of nearly 100 years.


The majority of these are from the Arts Council Collection, including some recent acquisitions. These have been augmented by a number of loans from the British Council Collection. In some cases, receiving venues have added works from their own collections. Works belong to the Arts Council Collection unless otherwise stated.

The exhibition brings together some of the finest drawings in the Arts Council Collection, with work on display from Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, L.S. Lowry and David Hockney. Beginning in the early twentieth century with Gwen John and the intricate patterns of Harold Gilman. Mid-twentieth-century works include the whimsical lines of George Fullard and John Golding and the bold markings of Frank Auerbach and John Bratby. The story is brought up to the present with the imaginary figures of Charles Avery and Mimei Thompson.

Artists have been drawing the figure for centuries, from carefully composed life drawings to people caught unawares at leisure or work. Though there are sometimes surprising similarities across the decades, there is also a great diversity of techniques and approaches. The majority of drawings in the exhibition are drawn from observation, though some are from memory or imagination. Some are unfinished studies while others are finished works in their own right. Perhaps some of the most surprising examples are those from very early on in artists’ careers, such as a self-portrait by Richard Hamilton from 1938, the carefully drawn Mrs Ash Asleep by Howard Hodgkin from 1952, Peter Blake’s Portrait of a Man from 1950, and Eduardo Paolozzi’s Drawings from Rembrandt, 1945.

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