Three Figures, Red

Multi-media, ink, chalk, watercolor, pastel

There is a series of these drawings, some better than others.  Some are in crayon, others in pastel and more than a few in brown and black ink.  I have been doing them for years.  They are an opportunity to weave figures together and to play with the human form and with light.

Now, what if anything do they try to say.  I am not so sure that I know.  The figures in this and similar drawings that I have done are each based on one individual who assumed different poses, one after the other.  In that sense, the interaction between them is contrived or “engineered.”  But, that’s nothing new.  Posing figures and painting them goes way back.  The only people that this seems to bother are those who think that they must draw as if they were making a photograph.  And, unless you can do better than a good DSLR, there’s not much point in doing that.

About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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