I Sing the Body Electric

An exhibition by Michael Haggie and Catherine Macdonald celebrating the classical art of life drawing

What is life drawing? Life drawing is the activity of drawing live, typically nude, models.Life drawing is a very private but not prurient activity.  It takes place in a quiet studio room.  The nude body is there to be discovered by drawing unashamedly.  The body is acknowledged and celebrated.  It takes place where artists are recorders and appreciators with each pursuing their own perspective.

Life drawing used to be an essential part of an art school’s programme but nowadaysit is more or less obsolete.  There is now a diverse range of activities in art schools from video to installation art, that has replaced the idea of studying the model. In life drawing the body of the model does not have to conform to celebrity standards of beauty.  A big older model can be just as beautiful as any slimmer person.  This aspect of drawing is demonstrated in our work.

In our afternoons of life drawing, we choose to do studied poses of the model, with each lasting about half an hour.  In the time the model adopts a silence that can be quite powerful and creative.  the model takes a short break them resumes a new pose.  It is quite hard work staying still for the model.

This is the first show devoted primarily to life drawing for Space Gallery.

Viewing until Saturday 16th March

Space Studio & Gallery- Galleries 1 + 2

Catherine Macdonald: I Sing the Body Electric (Gallery 1):

Michael Haggie: I Sing the Body Electric (Gallery 2):