Drawing Together @ Watts Contemporary Gallery: Members of The Society of Graphic Fine Art

18 March - 2 May 2022

Drawing Together: Members of the Society of Graphic Fine Art

18 March – 2 May
Watts Contemporary Gallery


Drawing Together, opening at Watts Contemporary Gallery on 18 March, presents work by current
members of the Society of Graphic Fine Art to demonstrate the diversity of drawing today.
Recognised as the best artists in this field, the Society’s members work in a variety of styles and
mediums, upholding the organisation’s founding commitment to show “pure draughtsmanship [as]
an essential – if not the essential – factor of all true art.”
Over 90 works (total) by 30 of the Society’s artists have been selected for this exhibition, many
new and on show for the first time. These include portraits in pastel by Svetlana Cameron; fabric
collages by Anne Carpenter, described by the artist as “drawing with scissors”; intricate
observations of sea creatures by Lucy Clayton; 3-dimensional paper sculpture by Jackie
Devereux and Louisa Crispin; colourful semi-abstract block linocuts by Eric Gaskell; linear
landscapes in Indian ink by Les Williams and flamboyant floral paintings and mixed media
creations by Angela Williams and Christine Hopkins. All works are for sale.
During the exhibition, members of the Society of Graphic Fine Art will lead two Drawing Days and
will mentor local students as part of a Season of Drawing at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village,
which also features: an exhibition in the Historic Galleries of exquisite Pre-Raphaelite drawings
from the Ashmolean Museum, brought together with drawings by G F Watts (1817-1904), to reveal
a new side to these artists who painted many of the most recognisable paintings in the history of
British Art (Pre-Raphaelite Treasures: Drawings and Watercolours from the Ashmolean Museum,
8 March – 12 June). The exhibition is supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund;
two artists’ residencies, Phoebe Boswell and Sarah Thien (1 April – 31 May) and artist-led
workshops and History of Art courses exploring the theme of drawing.
Commenting, Les Williams, President of the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA), said:
"The SGFA is delighted to work in partnership with Watts Gallery for this exhibition. Our society
prides itself on having members whose work encompasses most mediums, but retains an
essential drawing foundation. "
Gwen Hughes, Watts Contemporary Gallery Programme Manager, said:
“Watts Contemporary exhibitions are an important part of Watts Gallery Trust’s commitment to
showcase recent and current artistic practice and to support artists throughout their careers.
These exhibitions create access to contemporary art for members of the public, help to fund our
wide-reaching Art for All education programme and ensure that current artistic practice continues
to thrive at Compton as envisaged by our founding artists.”

Alistair Burtenshaw, Brice Director and Chief Executive of Watts Gallery Trust, said:

“We are delighted to be holding a Season of Drawing at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, inspired
by our co-founder G F Watts who produced thousands of drawings, either as studies for paintings
or as works in their own right. Watts Gallery holds the largest collection of these – about 800 –
which show the trajectory of his artistic development over eight decades, from the late 1820s up to
his death in 1904.”
“The two exhibitions which are at the heart of this Season will illustrate what has developed in the
arena of drawing, and what has stayed the same. The variety of media, styles and subjects in
Drawing Together reflects a diversity that might have surprised G F Watts, but the experimentation
and self-challenging of the artists would surely have struck a chord.”
Drawing Together: Members of the Society of Graphic Fine Art opens at Watts Contemporary
Gallery on 18 March (until 2 May). All work is for sale, with prices from £50. For further
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