Exhibition of Drawings at the Albany Gallery (15th January 2010 to 6th February 2010)

by Marcaeus Yates

It has truly been some time since I last stepped through the doors of this wonderful gallery, but in an instant I felt at home.

20 gallery artists have been given the opportunity to display their drawings for all to see & all are invited to vote for their favorite both online and at the gallery itself.  I certainly made my vote, but will not reveal for whom as I do not want to influence anyone’s selection as the work is varied and truly wonderful

Having only used drawing as a means to adding flesh to an idea or to be painted on canvas, I found myself in awe at what these artists have chosen to utilise as a main medium.

There were three artists though that truly reached out to my soul and here is a list of those that instantly grabbed my attention.

I am not familiar with all the mediums used to create these works, but I will mention where possible those mediums and techniques that I can.

Alun Mogan – Barn interior versions 1 & 2

The use of both lighting and shadow within these works were stunning.  This artist truly has a special eye for detail & despite the fact that the barn used is in desolation and disrepair, Alun Morgan had managed to breath life into both these works.

Farmer 6

Again the eye for detail as well as the passion that Alun possesses shows through in this work & seems to reach back to the advent of photography as it has an almost sepia like quality.

Ceri Aukland Davies – Dusk

This is a very well structured charcoal work & Ceri has used the medium extremely well through the entire cloudscape effected in this piece.

I always found charcoals extremely difficult to use, but Ceri has managed to create a scene that is smooth, serene and yet turbulent at the same time.

In effect Ceri has mastered this medium in a way that leaves others to shame.

Study for Shadow

Well what can I say about this work?

I was truly left breathless by this work which was again mastered in charcoal.

I felt the crash of every wave as well as felt the air of what the artist was looking to portray in this work.

Steve Alport – Storm Clouds over the Brecon Beacons

Another artist with a love and a master of charcoal.

I live very near to the Brecon Beacons and am very familiar with this scene in real life & all I can say is that Steve Alport has captured every detail there.

This was an intense work capturing everything that nature had to offer on the day the artist created the work.

His use of light and shadow is sublime and for me heralded as well as paid homage to the works of great artists long since past.

This is a venue I’d recommend all to visit if they have the opportunity as the works currently on display here are stunning to say the least.

After spending many hours looking at every piece held within the Albany Gallery, I found myself coming away with a thirst to see more as well as wanting to study these artists in more depth as I strongly felt there was much they could teach me about the spectacular techniques & mediums each had harnessed within their works.

Cerise Art Agency, London, 2010

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