Sunday, July 18, 2010

Anguru:An exhibition of Charcoal drawings

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser” ~ John W. Gardner,(1919-2002),American Writer and Secretary of Health and Welfare

Artists mostly use pencils, pen, ink, brushes, canvass, water colours, graphite, wax, colour pencils, crayons, chalk, pastels, markers, stylus or various metals like silverpoint to bring out their imagination into images. Anguru, an exhibition of Charcoal drawings was held at Lionel Wendt Gallery in Colombo from July 2nd 2010 to July 4th 2010. It was organized by the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts (VAFA).

Anguru showcased a selected collection of charcoal drawing works by the student artists. They have drawn these drawings after taking part in a three day drawing workshop, which was conducted by one of the lecturers at the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts (VAFA) Kingsley Gunathilake in October 2009. The main intention of the workshop carried out during October was to have a better self- understanding of drawings.

Kinglsey Gunathilake speaking about the exhibition further says “Today drawing has been so complicated since there are any medium of drawing such as brushes, charcoal, pencils, water colours, methods such as cutting, scraping. Nevertheless the main focus of the exhibition is to experiment on charcoal and produce a set of charcoal drawings.

Along with the usage of the new medium they started observing the human figure in a very different manner other than observing technically. However, this was enjoyed among all and it was more a sport than an activity. This process affected most students picking up the methods.

They were slow and fast, able to discover moods exceeded the limits etc. Consequently they were free enough to discover on their own”.

At the main entrance of the venue

Charcoal is used in art for drawing

People have made rock and cave drawings since prehistoric times according to research

Artists generally utilize charcoal in three forms such as Vine Charcoal, Compressed Charcoal and Powered Charcoal

Compressed charcoal is used to make charcoal pencils

Most drawing media are either dry (example- graphite, charcoal, pastels, Conté, and silverpoint), or water based (marker, pen and ink)

Traditional drawings were moslty monochrome

Drawing is a non-verbal thinking process

Drawing is a form of visual expression and is one of the major forms within the visual arts

When paper became generally available from the 14th century onwards, artists' drawings, both preparatory studies and finished works, became increasingly common

Charcoal drawings need extra care as they can easily be erased or smudged

Charcola drawings have a rustic charm

Drawing is a process till the expected image is created

Charcoal drawings produces a stunning picture in black and white

Charcoal drawing was used for preliminary drawings during the early years of human history

Charcoal is perhaps the oldest artistic medium, dating from the time of the caveman

During the Early and Middle Renaissance periods, many artists used charcoal drawing for study and exercises

The early origins of charcoal based drawings are found in the caves of Lascaux, France

There are a number of subcategories of drawing, including cartooning

Many drawings, such as Charles White's "Silent Song," are composed solely in charcoal that are notable for their intuitive processes

Charcoal is one of the oldest drawing media and is commonly used by artists even today

Since the 14th century, each century has produced artists who have created great drawings

The composition of the image is an important element in producing an interesting piece of art

There are many painters who have made excellent charcoal drawings such as Paul Gaugin and Charles White

The two most generally used woods for charcoal drawing are willow and wine

Charcoal was first used more than 30,000 years ago to make some of the earliest cave paintings according to a research

Charcoal may seem a mundane material

Charcoal has remained a popular medium for artists

Kingsley Gunathilake motivated his students to hold an exhibition

Many images in Charcoal were created during a short period

The students were constantly guided throughout the process

Many artists prefer charcoal, partly because of its blackness

These drawings have no colour except black and grey lines

The exhibition drew the attention of many art lovers

Many students artists want to experiment Charcoal images

The basic stage of art, sculpture, architecture or a graphic is known as the drawing

Artistic ability was experimented well

"We are happy that we managed to create some images and hold an exhibition" said the participants

It was a first experience of holding exhibition for most of the student artists

Drawing is known as the spirit of all arts

Commonly drawing is defined as an activity, or a technique which is individually considered

Charcoal's major advantage is its versatility

It is believed that Charcoal was extensively used in 15th Century to produce fine art

Charcoal can be used to produce either a soft or strong quality of line

The charcoal is experimented in many different methods and mediums however this was a novel experience to all participants

According to European tradition "drawing" means drawing according to equipment

According to Japanese art drawing and painting cannot be separated. However the basic stage of any art, sculpture architecture or a graphic is known as the drawing

The main focus of the exhibition was to experiment on charcoal and produce a set of charcoal drawings

The student artists enjoyed making Charcoal drawings

"I never realised that Charcoal drawings are very powerful" said Pieris

Participating student artists at the venue


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