Drawing from Life

November 5, 2016 to January 22, 2017


Eight local artists – all of whom have a strong drawing component in their practices – have been commissioned to produce new work for this exhibition that celebrates the medium of drawing. All works will be in large scale, and four of the eight artists will actually be working on site, creating ephemeral pieces directly on the gallery walls.

The artists included are David Alexander, Rose Braun, Jane Everett, Wanda Lock, Amy Modahl, Gary Pearson, Sage Sidley, and Johann Wessels, all of whom reside in the Okanagan. Each artist has his/her own approach to the medium, and there will be a wide range of subjects explored.

The opportunity to focus exclusively on drawing is exciting. While drawing is an ancient medium, it is so often treated as a second-class citizen in the art world, even more so recently with the advent of new media and the saturation of contemporary life with digital images, which are obtained instantaneously. Drawing, by contrast, is a time-based art, a slow medium (for the most part) and the exhibition’s catalogue will have photographs of the artists at work on their pieces to emphasize this aspect: they have been created over a length of time.

Drawing is where many contemporary artists live, no matter what other media they work in. The Kelowna Art Gallery invites visitors to immerse themselves in drawings by these Okanagan-based artists who are all masters of the medium.

Quick Talks
Saturday, November 26, 2 to 4 pm
A number of the artists included in Drawing from Life will discuss the role of drawing in their practices. Moderator: Liz Wylie, Kelowna Art Gallery Curator. Check our website for further details.

Opening Reception
Friday, December 9, 6 to 9 pm
This is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.








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