Peter has been drawing and painting all his life, through school and art college and now as an artist, illustrator and tutor. He has illustrated over ninety children’s books in the last twelve years. As an artist he is drawn to the human form and its expression of vitality. His work in line, charcoal, watercolour and oil challenges the standpoints of prudery and pornography and presents the naked body without shame. Light moving across the endlessly changing contours and profiles of the living figure provides him with constant inspiration. Life and movement are other qualities he tries to capture in his work. It is difficult for models to keep a sense of vigour in poses of any length so the artist has to work quickly. Our ability to read body language means that we perceive messages in the slightest renderings of the human figure. These subtle expressions of personality are just as important in his drawings as details of form or correctness of proportion. The act of drawing is very important. The process of looking, seeing and making marks on paper is like a primitive therapy. To draw people from life requires the putting aside of many preconceptions and taboos. It is a process of gradually freeing the mind from personal restrictions and allowing yourself to indulge in the pleasure of looking at the most beautiful form in Nature.
Biography: Contact me if you're interested in doing life drawing in Norfolk. I run various classes and weekends. Don't worry if you're a beginner! Many of my students have begun with me and this is still the best way to learn how to draw.
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
Site: Peter Kavanagh
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