Drawing From Life: People on Paper
Artists have been drawing the figure for centuries, from carefully composed life drawings to people caught unawares at leisure or work.
This exhibition brings together some of the finest drawings in the Arts Council Collection, with work on display from Moore, Hepworth, Lowry and Hockney.
The story begins in the early twentieth century with Gwen John’s delicate lines, 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.
Though there are sometimes surprising similarities across the decades, there is also a great diversity of techniques and approaches. The majority of the works 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. The exhibition also includes some key loans from the British Council Collection.
Accompanying the exhibition, will be a series of drawing workshops – contact the gallery for more information.
Schools & Families:
Specially designed for Primary Schools and family groups, there is a ‘Self-Led Education Pack’, so that you can learn more about the artists and their works on show.
If you are a school wishing to bring a class to the gallery, please book in advance via the contact details as below. Don’t forget, your visit to our exhibition can be used towards an Arts Award accreditation!
Address: Kirkby Gallery, Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Knowsley, Merseyside, L32 8XY
Opening times are: Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm, Saturday: 10am – 1pm