Non-life-drawers often assume that life drawing involves a sideways translation of one impulse into another impulse. But this assumption is flawed. I read the sex drive as a powerful force, but a specific one.
A collection of drawings by Steven Assael is on display right now at Forum Gallery in Manhattan. Assael is universally known by high-technique figurative painters working in the United States today, among whom his skills are legendary.
Some of the most quintessential depictions of the American land and people arise from a particular eye: the eye of the outsider, who can see the boundaries of Americanness invisible to the native-born.
There is so much happening in the world of representational painting these days that it is a challenge to keep up with it all. I want to give you a chance, in advance, to make note of several current exhibitions that you will want to see.