I’m having to make more of an effort to identify objects I haven’t already drawn. Sometimes that means looking around me to see if I’ve missed items I’m too used to seeing, other times I need to go outside and look.
I want to draw ordinary objects, which are often overlooked or objects that are a natural part of our everyday lives. Occasionally it may mean an unusual objects creeps in, but overall I’m drawing the mundane or items we just take for granted.
Through these 365 days I’m building a palette of object drawings, while also finding new ways of drawing items. At the same time this project is a kind of daily diary, describing the world around me.
Computer bag drawing. Object #237.
Drawing of Ginger. Object #228.
Drawing of Half a doll. Object #232.
Drawing on an Ice pack. Object #239.
Drawing of a Man’s boot. Object #236.
Drawing of a Turkey leg. Object #234.
Drawings of a Pork Chop. Object #217. Oil pastel on paper.
Heading out early Thursday morning, I took two object drawings (#213, Trout and #80 Edible Crab) the short distance from my home to Billingsgate Fish market in Poplar, East London.
Each of the original objects were bought here, so I took the drawings they’d inspired to the location of their origin.
Taking the drawings back into the environment the original objects came from, is an effort to maintain a connection with the origins of the objects. It also serves to keep the artworks in contact with the real world.
The object drawings
Images of Object drawings from the series “Draw an object a day for 365 days”. All of these drawings will be on display in the forthcoming exhibition.
Day #237 of “Draw an object a day for 365 days”.
The area surrounding my home has several examples of classic Brutalist architecture. They are building I walk past each day, I’ve collected some of the objects I’ve drawn over the past 236 days from the small parks and grassy areas in their grounds.
These images show me posing with a select few objects, in front of these iconic buildings.
Outside Balfron Tower with object red and white drawing #228, Ginger.
Outside Balfron Tower with object yellow & black drawing #228, Ginger.
Outside Robinhood Garden estate with drawing #227.
Outside Robinhood gardens with object drawing #227.
Accompanied by the artist Anto Lloveras from LAPIEZA, I posed with drawings of some of the objects I’ve bought from the shops and stalls. The chicken from ‘Ali’s Meat & Poultry’ on Vesey path, the banana and water bottle from a Chrisp Street market stall and the paint brush from Gates DIY store. all of these drawings will appear in the exhibition ‘Day 236 of draw an object a day from 365 days’, in the 5thBase gallery in Whitechapel on 24th – 26th April.
Living in Poplar for the past 12 years, it’s easy to see the market area is at the centre of what goes on. It’s full of energy and objects.
I’d bought the rose I drew from ‘Bozdag and Gordon Flowers’ stall, inside the Canary wharf DLR main concourse and posed with the drawing outside Poplar fire station.
The objects I’ve chosen to draw each day over the past 8 months reflect the culture I’m a part of, which can be seen at least partly in terms of objects. The market and surrounding shops sell so many objects, which we purchase use on a daily basis.
Paul is a London-born visual artist who’s exhibited in solo and group shows in the UK and overseas.
“Drawing dominates my artwork. I’ve created a strong visual style, using traditional oil pastels, which I use to represent objects.
By cutting-out the drawings, often on coloured or patterned papers, I introduce a physical aspect and a visual depth, which I hope is closer to the way people usually experience everyday objects, than more traditional, two-dimensional drawing.
I try to focus on exposing aspects of who we are and our society’s priorities. By drawing strong lines with oil pastels I juxtapose more modern graphical style with the traditional medium of oils. Most objects are under-appreciated; I’m helping them fight back. I deal with the value of objects, what they mean to us, their personalities and how they can have power over us, without us realising.”
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