Rebecca C Gray. Seated Female Nude, 2014. Colored chalk on toned paper, 20 x 14 in.
I am thrilled to join an all-star lineup of contemporary draftsmen in an exhibition of figure drawings at Eleventh Street Arts this Friday, May 15th.
Special thanks to Colleen Barry for gathering so many works from some of the very best classical realist artists working today. This show promises to give both the art lover and aspiring student a lot to celebrate. It is a robust demonstration of drawing mastery as the foundation of the visual artist’s discipline, vividly exemplified in stunning contemporary work.
Fine Art Connoisseur featured the exhibition in this month’s edition:
For a testament to the lasting legacy of the academic tradition and the healthy state of contemporary realism, look no further than a figure drawing exhibition with entries from Jacob Collins, Steven Assael, and many more.
Eleventh Street Arts, the new exhibition space abutting the Grand Central Atelier in Long Island City, New York, will debut an exhibition of exceptional figure drawings this weekend…
In “NUDE,” one can feel the beating pulse of drawing in the contemporary academy. The featured artists represent some of the most respected arts ateliers in the world — including Gage Academy, the Florence Academy of Art, Studio Incamminati, Grand Central Atelier, The Art Students League, and the Repin Academy. Their work testifies to the lasting legacy of mimetic art and its strength today in the very capable hands of these artists.
For those featured in the exhibition, as for the Renaissance artists who practiced nude figure drawing centuries before them, the value of the practice is twofold. On the one hand, figure drawing makes possible an expression of prodigious technical skill. To perfectly replicate the proportions of the human body, its musculature, shadows on the form, and details like ringlets of hair requires total mastery of the medium in use. The skill these drawings manifest can be readily identified and appreciated. Insomuch as all human cultures share the body, these drawings embody one of the most nearly universal aesthetic expressions.
At the same time, visions of the figure allow for intensely personal expression. The figure holds powerful symbolic potential as a visualization of the self, an embodiment of an idea, an expression of an ideal, or an embrace of the vulnerable and human. In short, there are as many different approaches to the figure as there are artists to render it. “NUDE” aims to illustrate both the singular vision and the universal appeal inherent to figure drawing.
– Jeffrey Carlson, Reporting Editor, Fine Art Today
The opening is free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibit, visit http://grandcentralatelier.org.