Recent work: Broken Promise

Monster skeletal
I promised myself: no more crazy stuff for a while. There’s an audience for it but maybe I should be doing “nice and safe” stuff that a certain kind of person would describe as “nice” or “sweet.” The trouble is that there is not much choice in the matter. You draw what you draw and the reasons why are not always easy to discern, that is, unless you are one of those old time Freudian types who can perceive the underlying meaning in everything. But, that’s why they made Whisky. I am content to explain this particular work by saying that I found a pad of long-forgotten charcoal paper (so why not use it up) and that I feel sort of between things, having been attending to a lot of business stuff and thinking too much about money. I might also point to a proclivity for German Expressionism(Kubin, Beck, Blaue Reiter group) and European surrealism Magritte, Balthus), especially as practiced after the Great War. Anyway, this is a 24 by 19 inch charcoal and Conte stick (Sanguine) drawing on 25.5 pound Canson charcoal paper.

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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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