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
acknowledged and celebrated. It takes place where artists are recorders
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.
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):