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FIGURING OUT THE FIGURE

November 4 – December 11, 2010

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Lauren Richardson — Model on Blue, Pastel on paper,
19.75" x 25.5"

Artist Statement

At various times during the past thirty years of my professional career I found myself meeting with a small group of fellow artists either in my studio or someone else’s to draw or paint from the model. Working with a group makes the model fee very affordable, provides some social interaction with fellow artists and for a painter who regularly works from direct observation offers a subject matter that is endlessly interesting.

When working directly from the figure I am primarily interested in detached observation. I do not see the model as part of a larger narrative and never attempt to convey a portrait. I am interested in the simplified, abstract qualities of the figure. The strong black contours in the charcoal drawings emphasize the shape, a minimum of modeling reveals the form. As a painter, the addition of color interaction makes the process more complex and satisfying. In all of my work, it is the engagement with nature, the world outside my head, that is compelling and revealing.

August 2010
Los Angeles

 

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