Thursday, 4 August 2011

Back in May - wow rather a long time ago now! - I took part in an exhibition organised by my friend Katie Gibson at the Norman Rea Gallery in York. She titled it 'How Do You Draw?' and asked different artists to answer this question in any way they would like to.
For my part I wanted to reflect on the question at hand and ask people to consider how we used to draw - the point at which our drawing first came into being and the importance of how we chose to express ourselves.

Above are a few of my drawings that I put into the exhibition and this is the paragraph I wrote to go alongside them:

"This is how I used to draw. My drawing isn’t like this anymore because as I got older, without realising, I must have forgotten how it was done. Picasso said: “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” I wanted to include these childhood drawings because everybody will recognise in them their own early drawings. I think it’s important to reflect on how completely unaffected they are, to realise how difficult it is to go back and try to forget things learned in order to draw unrestrained and with so much imagination. In this way childhood drawings are precious to everybody who owns them."

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