Brevity of line, is the soul of drawing.
There is much economy in drawing. Not just the cost of the artistic activity, or the space it take up. Great drawings, in the traditions of Ingres or like-minded masters, show economy in their use of line, where the weight of the stroke suggests the form of the subject matter. An emphatic line may show the tension the line has, the weight of the arm or the shadow of an eye.
The drawings of Ng Yat-Chuan exemplifies the good traditions of academic drawing, and more. A mix of close observation is tossed with brevity of the line to produce ‘life-like’ drawings of their sitters. It is not just academic drawing because you do have to know the characteristics of the line more than just tracing a vision of what the eye sees. Hand-eye coordination is horned to produce ‘exactitude’, by feeling — the pencil gliding on paper and gut sense where the next stroke should go — as much as seeing.
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Oct 10 – Oct 7, 2009
NIE Art Gallery
Mon-Fri: 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Sat: 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
Enquiries: 62196072 or email artgal(a)nie.edu.sg
Edition of 10, serialised and signed, A3 hardcover bound reproduction of a collection of drawings available for sale at $1500.
Proceeds will go towards covering some production costs. A5 catalogues, available complimentary at the gallery.
Roundtable Discussion: Drawing and the Teaching of Drawing
Thursday, 29 October 2009, 2.30-4.30 p.m.
The Art Gallery, National Institute of Education, 1 Nanyang Walk, S(637616)
Registration: Joy Millan at millan.khristian (a) nie.edu.sg. Deadline for registration is on 26 October 2009