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.
I’m really looking forward to seeing these in the flesh at the Cornucopia show and catching up with old firends like Jitka Palmer, Ian Price and Shelly Davies.
To find out more about these artists click on the link below
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
Once again it’s been my pleasure to be asked by the Grant Bradley gallery in Bedminster to put together a show for them. (Some of you may remember “Out of the Life Room” from last May) This show, entitled Cornucopia will feature the work of 30 different artists that have had some connection with the life drawing class over the years and what I’ll be aiming to do over the next few days is highlight some of their work in this blog. I felt it was important with this show to move beyond showing purely life drawing related work so although my selection this time still consists of a lot of figurative work there will be landscapes, abstact work and assemblages also
If you’re reading this, and you live close by I really hope you’ll be able to pop in and have a look. The Private viewing will be on the 8th of February. If you’re a member of the group past or present and would like to be included in future exhibitions please get in touch.
“Bristol Docker” Dan Bendel
Today’s humourous offering is from Dan Bendel, who comes along to the Monday evening group at Brunel Field. As well as life drawing Dan is a talented carver and cartoonist. You can see examples of his work at www.danbendel.com and find out about his wood working courses by visiting http://woodcarvingwithdan.blogspot.com
Of course as you get older you expect time to pass more and more quickly but………. that must’ve been the quickest Summer on record. Anyway, the new term is about to start and as always there are two options. On Mondays I will be running my class at the Brunel Field building in Horfield and on Thursday evenings I will be running my long standing class at Bristol Grammar school. This year it’s the Thursday class that starts first on the 13th and the Monday class will start the following week on the 17th. Both are from 7 until 9pm and cost £58 for ten weeks
So, if you are a class regular, back from a swanky holiday somewhere and are wanting to know when everything kicks off again I hope that was the piece of information that you needed. If you are new to this site and are wondering if it’s too late to book a place just email firstname.lastname@example.org asap and you may well be suprised at what you find out
Image:Jo, by Will Stevens
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.
It’s nice to have a chance to show some of Dave Northcott’s life drawings. They always remind me of Soutine and have so much feeling.
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.
She’s back in our lives! Fantastic life model and fastest thing on two wheels (bicycle that is) Elise was finally able to pose for us this week. The fifteen minute drawings below were done by myself after the break from a vantage point on the steps by the entrance, hence the foreshortening.