Lui Dan – I came across the work of this art in an exhibition at the British Museum last year (2012) In the chines prints and painting section. The exquisite image of an oriental poppy blown up to massive proportions has stayed in my mind ever since.
This and other drawings by Lui Dan on display here are made using ink on paper which surprised me as I thought the poppy to be rendered in graphite to produce all the different values used.
Classically trained in chine Dan spent many many years studding ancient chines drawing techniques with masters in the craft. This is instantly apparent in his work. The style is unmistakably oriental. Some of his drawing that I particularly like take the idea of the traditional chines ink landscape and evolve it to a fluid undulating mountain ranges that are drawn on several meters of long paper. Lui Dan draws studies of smoke to help create these landscapes. His other focus is to produce large scale highly detailed and accurate depiction’s of single objects. Such as poppies and many studies of rock.
Helena Pravada – I stumbled across these exquisite drawings by Helena Pavda whilst goggle sourcing Lui Dan. Similarities can be made between there styles in that they pay exquisite attention to detail and both have a light and delicate approach to there mediums which enhance both of there chosen subjects.
The Czechoslovakian artist that now resides in the U.S.A had a masters in fine art and a bachelors in psychology. Both of these desalinise can be seen at work in her equist sires of drawings focusing on human hands.
They seem to be drawn with such sympathy and understanding that tell us about the person behind the extremities and make us ponder the life the owners have lived.
The hands are drawn in microscopic detail. The artist used negative space very effectively to juxtapose the drawing areas adding a real visual interest from a far that engages you to take a closer look upon the drawings. Beautiful work.
David Hockney – Hockney often uses line and mark in much the same way Vangoh did. The marks explain direction and texture to the viewer as well as helping with the mood of the piece. He is very experimental in all his work. Using different media and finding new ways of mark making which he mixes up to interesting effect.
Often using the landscape as a subject he differentiates trees,sky and fields by using different marks and lines for each.