Coming soon, “In Living Colour”, the latest exhibition by members of the Bristol Life Drawing group. Once again, the intention is not to show just life work but to give an idea of the range of work that we all produce in the time when we are not life drawing, much as we all love it and consider it a valuble discipline. If you can come along you’ll see some work by previous exhibitors but lots of new stuff too. The show will be at the Grant Bradley gallery from the 3rd to the 31st of August 2013. For more info check out the Grant Bradley website.
A small gallery of work by Huw and Laura, both former members of the group and both on show at the Grant Bradley in just under a fortnight’s time.
Here’s an other artist you’ll be able to see at the Grant Bradley this month for our Cornucopia exhibition, David Gamble. David is a long time member of the group and took part in our previous Grant Bradley exhibition. You can see more of his work here
Well done to Ian Williamson and David Gamble, who both attend the life drawing sessions for getting work into this years Clifton Arts Club exhibition. (I’m only sorry I didn’t go to the private viewing now!) David Gamble won a selectors choice prize with his picture of the immortal Mark Watkin that was exhibited previously at the Grant Bradley Gallery.
I’m really looking forward to seeing Thursday and Monday group member John Mills new exhibition at the St John the Baptist Crypt, Broad St, Bristol. I’m pretty open minded about art but do confess to preferring figure drawing that has strong observational qualities which is something that is very important to Jon also. However, by relying on line as opposed to shading Jon’s drawings also have very map like qualities to them and remind me that a drawing, as well as a being about copying the natural world is also an intensely personal record of a human thought process (I want to use the example of Giacometti but Jons work is a little more subdued than this) I haven’t seen the paintings before but John tells me they’re huge. The private viewing is on Thursday 26th July 2012 from 6pm-9pm.
Here’s some work by Alan Backwell, another one of the exhibitors at the Out of the Life Room show at the Grant Bradley Gallery. The show ends next Friday so there’s still time to pop along and have a look if you haven’t done so already.
As an Iggy Pop fan it’s hard to sayif I’m more disappointed by those insurance ads or the above picture of the man at home with one of his paintings. Now there’s nothing wrong with people having a hobby, even if you’re the “Godfather of Punk”. Bill Wyman has his metal detector, Rod Stewart, I believe even plays with toy trains but when a rock musician picks up a paintbrush inevitably someone sees a business opportunity and decides to organise an exhibition or produce a limited edition of prints as in the case of Bob Dylan and then some well meaning but dumb journalist will then write about it, as in this Guardian piece. Anyway, on the strength of the above piece and others like it, I presume, the Ig has been featured on a Sky Arts documentary Art Rocks and had an exhibition in the C-Pop gallery in Detroit. (Check out the private viewing pics)
Sigh, I know I shouldn’t take it to heart but a man of his pedigree could have done a bit better I would have hoped. As it is he makes Ron Wood look like John Singer Sargent!
This is pretty good however.
I’ve just returned from organising another trip to Auribeau sur Siagne in the South of France this week. Click on the link if you’d like to read more about it. On my return I found an email from Caroline Watson informing me that she will be exhibiting some paintings at the Rainbow Cafe in Clifton Village in Bristol from the 1st to the 31st of March. There have been a few chances to see examples of her work recently including a show at the Tobacco Factory in Bedminster which I enjoyed enormously. I’ll definitely be popping along to check that one out and so should you. I also found out that Katherine Tyrell had very kindly included The Human Form in a roundup of life drawing blogs over at her own blog Making a Mark. I’ve had some pretty good feedback since I started keeping this blog last year but Katherine was particularly nice. Her own blog is great to visit both for her own comments and the links to other blogs that she has been able to track down. I’m just amazed by how prolific she is. I get tired out just replying to my emails. To finish here are some circus images by Peri which she kindly emailed me before half term. See you next week and apologies to anyone who may have turned up inadvertantly this week and had a wasted journey.
When I first moved into Bristol in the late 1980’s it was great to discover the life drawing class that Sophie Howard used to run at St Werburgh’s community centre. It used to be run on a drop-in basis and cost something like £2.50 a session but it was really important to me socially and artistically ( I didn’t really know that many people in Bristol at the time it was a chance to practise my figure drawing but it also meant I had a chance to get out on a Friday night and socialise at the same time.) When I look back I have many fond memories of the drawings and good times from that period. Because I happen to run a life drawing class myself I’m well aware that sometimes people haven’t got a lot of money to spend on drawing but I hope the class is cheap enough to encourage people who would otherwise struggle or have to practise working from photo’s or whatever rather than life. The logistic’s of running a class have become a lot more complicated, but there you go.
I hope you like the paintings by David Gamble. David was knocked down by a car in a bad accident in the centre of Broadmead towards the end of last term but seems to be making a recovery which I’m very happy about, although I believe he still has some difficulties with his arm. I love the paintings, the colours on the skull are really well-observed and the self portrait’s really fab as well. Hurry up and get a website organised David, you’re really talented!
Paula joined the group fairly recently. We first spoke over the phone towards the end of last term. Then she left a comment on this blog although neither of us had, at this point made the connection that we were the same people. I just assumed she was from London, although she has actually moved down to Bristol fairly recently. Go and have a look at Paula’s website.(www.paulabowles.co.uk) The illustrations are really polished,(any publisher would be mad not to buy them off of her, preferably for large amounts of money) but also genuinely very sweet and endearing, which if you meet her is much like Paula herself. I think she must know, deep down that she’s a very good illustrater, but if you met her she’s so modest that you’d never know. Hope you have a great time now you’re down in Bristol Paula!