Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Bridget Riley at the National Portrait Gallery

Early figurative work of Bridget Riley's is being shown at the National Portrait Gallery.  Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian writes about the progression of Riley from figuration to abstraction. The merits of life drawing in relation to abstraction is an old reassurance. On personal note I was asked to leave Euan Uglow's life class at Chelsea because my style and approach to life drawing. I wasn't too enthralled by the William Coldstream influence!

"Riley has said of the life-drawings: "I learnt to look for the structure, for the action or movement of the pose, the distribution of weight, the proportion of the body, the light-to-dark tonal scale. But the most important thing was to retain the first impressions of the whole."

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