Exhibition Visit – Truth and Fantasy, Skipton Town Hall

This was an exhibition of contemporary artist drawings, ranging from pencil/ink/charcoal drawings to objects and animation.

Paul Chiappe

Paul Chiappe

Responds to ‘found’ photographs and reproduces using pencil in incredible detail that makes it indistinguishable from a photograph. That shows great skill, but the interest comes from where he has altered them as if ‘photoshopping’ the images. ‘Untitled 2, 2005’ was particularly effective, a small image (maybe 50cm wide) akin to a black and white photograph of a school group, with the photographic like image for the front row, getting less detailed and down to a single outline at the back row of children.

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Henri Gaudier Brzeska

A very pared down image using just a few lines, but in those lines the expression of the people is captured perfectly.

Penny Davenport

Penny Davenport

Very detailed drawings from her imagination which must take a long time to complete. She had some nice use of line and stippling, although I didn’t find there to be enough variation in mark making to keep my interest.

Simon Woolham

Simon Woolham1 Simon Woolham 2

His drawings using just biro were very powerful. They use bold lines, or ruled lines fading out to produce graphic effects. They remind me a bit of Paul Nobel’s Nobtown drawings, but I prefer these ones as they leave more to the imagination.

Overall

A very interesting exhibition. Simon Woolham’s work made the biggest impression on me and I will try out some of his drawing methods.

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