Recent Work: Chat Martian

Chat Martian

This is a charcoal drawing, heightened with white on a prepared surface. Those who spent time studying art history and, in particular, the drawings done in the 15th and 16th century will know what I am talking about with this sort of technical jargon. But, for us guys, it is a bit of fun that I did when I wanted to mess around. I’ve done so many drawings in the same vein over the years that I cannot count them. It is 14 by 11 inches. When people ask me about a picture like this, I talk about a study in form and light. But, of course, they really want to know why on earth I would draw something like this. It is crazy business, no? Well, sorry to disappoint but this genre is not as unusual as you might think. Take a look at Goya’s Caprices and then take a gander at his black painting, now in the Prado but once decorating his dining room. Then, there is Gorey, Redon, Sendak and most of the German Expressionist painters. Or, try some of Mr. Buonarroti’s drawings. So, anyway, why draw stuff like this. The first and best answer is: “I don’t know; it just happens.” The second best: “It is the darkness that lies at the center of the artistic soul.” Snickers are appropriate here. I have friends who are shrinks. They just roll their eyes.

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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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