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  • Dressing 36

    1982

    Graphite pencil on paper

    19.7 x 13.4

  • Dressing 37

    1982

    Graphite pencil on paper

    16.5 x 15.9

  • Dressing 38

    1982

    Graphite pencil on paper

    19 x 13.4

  • Dressing 41

    1982

    Graphite pencil on paper

    18.4 x 18.4

  • Dressing 43

    1982

    Graphite pencil on paper

    19.7 x 14

  • Dressing 44

    1982

    Graphite pencil on paper

    15.9 x 17.8

  • Bather

    1983

    Graphite pencil on paper

    19 x 17.2

  • Covered Head

    1984

    Graphite pencil on paper

    13 x 10

  • Man Drying his Thigh

    1985

    Graphite pencil on paper

    16.5 x 20.3

  • Man Drying his Knee

    1986

    Graphite pencil on paper

    17.2 x 17.7

  • Man Reaching Down

    1986

    Graphite pencil on paper

    75 x 85.8

  • Stretching Male Torso

    1986

    Graphite pencil on paper

    19.1 x 16.5

  • White Sock

    1986

    Graphite pencil on paper

    15.2 x 12.7

  • Girl with Turban and Comb

    1987

    Graphite pencil on paper

    14.6 x 15.2

  • Man Drying his Leg 2

    1987

    Graphite pencil on paper

    17.2 x 17.7

  • Woman Drying her Hip

    1987

    Graphite pencil on paper

    17.2 x 14.6

  • Woman with a White Towel

    1988

    Graphite pencil on paper

    17.2 x 16.5

  • Woman Drying her Thigh

    1988

    Graphite pencil on paper

    16.5 x 16.5

  • Male Bather Reaching Down

    1988

    Graphite pencil on paper

    16.5 x 16 .8

  • Male Bather: Tondo

    1988

    Graphite pencil on paper

    15.9 diameter

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Tonal Nudes

These drawings owe much to my enthusiasm for the drawings of Seurat and Schiele. Seurat I admire for his treatment of negative space - the areas around his figures have almost as much energy as the figures themselves. Schiele I admire for his erotic power, graphic perfection and infallible sense of design - particularly in his later drawings.

My figures are invariably caught on the move or in transition - I am fascinated by the subtle interactions of muscle, bone and sinew that come into play as a body moves. A half turn, a shift of balance, sometimes just an intention to move can animate an entire figure. As this shows up most clearly and dramatically in male anatomy, most of my figures are male.

The ordinary actions of every day present endless pictorial potential. Quite unconsciously, a man makes wonderful shapes in the course of pulling on a T-shirt, stepping into a pair of trousers or towelling himself dry after bathing. These shapes often suggest the urgency of sport or the measured grace of dance and every now and again, bring to mind the posture of a memorable figure from a great work of art. With these references in mind, even the most routine activity acquires resonance.

© Michael Leonard