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  • Man Reaching Down: Tondo

    1988

    Graphite pencil on paper

    15.2 diameter

  • Torso Seated Female Bather

    1988

    Graphite pencil on paper

    16.5 x 14.6

  • Girl with a Comb

    1988

    Graphite pencil on paper

    15.9 x 14.1

  • Girl with a Hairbrush

    1988

    Graphite pencil on paper

    15.9 x 13.3

  • Girl adjusting her Turban

    1988

    Graphite pencil on paper

    15.9 x 14.7

  • Girl adjusting her Turban: Tondo

    1989

    Graphite pencil on paper

    15.2 diameter

  • Girl Curled Up

    1989

    Graphite pencil on paper

    19.7 x 15.2

  • Man Bending Turning

    1989

    Graphite pencil on paper

    14.3 x 18.3

  • Man with Covered Head

    1989

    Graphite pencil on paper

    18.1 x 13.6

  • Hunched Figure

    1990

    Graphite pencil on paper

    15.8 x 17.8

  • White Socks

    1990

    Graphite pencil on paper

    16.8 x 16.8

  • Stooping Bather (profile)

    1990

    Graphite pencil on paper

    12.7 x 20.3

  • Squatting Bather

    1990

    Graphite pencil on paper

    20.3 x 20.3

  • Watermelons

    1991

    Graphite pencil on paper

    19.4 x 17.8

  • Bather Drying his Leg

    1991

    Graphite pencil on paper

    18.4 x 19.1

  • Girl in a Turban

    1991

    Graphite pencil on paper

    21.6 x 16.5

  • Mercury Bather

    1991

    Graphite pencil on paper

    19.7 x 18.4

  • Vanitas

    1991

    Graphite pencil on paper

    20.9 x 19.7

  • Vanitas: Tondo

    1991

    Graphite pencil on paper

    21.6 diameter

  • Pattern of Limbs

    1991

    Graphite pencil on paper

    16.8 x 17.7

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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