WORKS ON PAPER – 31/07/16 – 18/07/16
A number of nude studies will feature in a mixed exhibition at the Drang Gallery, Padstow Cornwall. Other works include drawings and prints by Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Antony Williams and Damien Hirst.
Direct observational drawing and truth-to-nature remains at the centre of Williams’ work. Since entering the life room at 16 he has continued to draw and paint exclusively from life.
A number of the studies are from a project ‘Sex, Power, Wealth, Fame, Revenge’ where the occasional depiction of clothing distances the studies from regular life drawings and implies the presence of a narrative.
Drawing on point with a ‘delicate line’ and an emphasis on contour, Williams’ sketches are objective transcriptions of form, revealing accounts of the drawing process itself.
Williams writes: ‘As with painting, a heavily rendered drawing can introduce an aspect of ambiguity where each new mark partially absorbs the previous one. In contrast, drawing on point is a particularly vulnerable process as every line is open to scrutiny. The artist’s level of engagement with the subject is evident, and precise assured lines can cross paths with those that reveal moments of hesitancy or defeat.
‘Working within relatively short time frames makes producing a meticulous measured drawing impossible. But what is sacrificed in academic accuracy and perfect anatomical proportion is balanced by the opportunity of finding a more intuitively sensed line.
‘As with all direct observational-based drawing it involves a tussle with the intellect – to draw what you see (no matter how awkward it appears) rather than what you think you know from experience.’