Last year Art Model Collective held a life drawing tribute to the figurative British artist Euan Uglow. We were pleasantly surprised by the enthusiastic response – full house, rich feedback, and endless requests to bring this theme back again, which we are doing at our upcoming Sunday session at LARA!
Euan Uglow (1932 – 2000), predominantly a painter of the human figure, aways worked directly from life. His method was meticulous, involving a great deal of measuring and correction to create images that are not hyper real, but appear almost sculptural.
The measuring process was laborious and time-consuming to the point that Uglow himself joked that he began painting one model when she was engaged, was still painting when she got married and did not finish painting until she was divorced!
However, don’t worry, Art Model Collective will not bore you with academic set-ups lasting half a lifetime. You will get expressive dynamic nude pose sets of 30 mins, borrowed directly from the master’s paintings, and allowing you to focus on keen observation and measurement.
Euan Uglow’s paintings have a simplicity that seems to grow in character thanks to the nature of the poses. This time expect a very low key, yet visually accurate set-up with a variety of poses that will remind you why Uglow is a painter particularly admired by painters and art students alike.
These sessions are untutored and open to every level of skill.
LARA provide easels, chairs and drawing boards.
We will have a selection of paper and free materials courtesy of GreatArt.
The spaces are strictly limited to 30, tickets on sale via EventBrite in advance only.
The collaboration between AMC and LARA has been brewing for a while now and is blowing all the traditions away – this will be a truly unique blend of your beloved AMC events set in an inspiring academic environment. LARA is unique in being the contemporary-minded atelier that welcomes AMC to reinvigorate life drawing!
In case you wish to take up the challenge of creating a Euan Uglow copy, let’s look more into his method of working:
Uglow carried out careful measurements at every stage of painting, a method Coldstream had imparted to him and which is identified with the painters of the Euston Road School.
Standing before the subject to be painted, Uglow registered measurements by means of a metal instrument of his own design (derived from a modified music stand); with one eye closed and with the arm of the instrument against his cheek, keeping the calibrations at a constant distance from the eye, the artist could take the measure of an object or interval to compare against other objects or intervals he saw before him.
Such empirical measurements enable an artist to paint what the eye sees without the use of conventional perspective.
The surfaces of Uglow’s paintings carry many small horizontal and vertical markings, where he recorded these coordinates so that they could be verified against reality.
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