Artist Antony Gormley RA is best known for his sculptural work but in a recent exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, it was his drawings and sketchbooks which stood out. Antony is a prolific drawer and the show included a gallery which presented four decades of his works on paper. In the gallery his sketchbooks were laid out on tables to view. The sketchbooks are a window into Antony’s mind and working process. They include sketches, statements, detailed diagrams, doodles, working out’s, patterns and experiments. It was amazing to see the variety of approaches used to explore each idea or concept which included contorted and modified bodies, groups and lists of figures in different poses. Many of the drawings explore the figure in space but they also depict architectural and organic forms. There were also sketches of famous artworks such as the Angel of the North.
In this sketch we can see how Antony explores different forces acting on the body. He has entangled the figure in a kind of linear matrix which pushes and pulls the body into different positions.
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