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  • Pattern of Limbs 2

    1992

    Graphite pencil on paper

    16.5 x 16.5

  • Stretch

    1992

    Graphite pencil on paper

    17.7 x 21.6

  • Relaxing Bather

    1992

    Graphite pencil on paper

    17.7 x 18.8

  • Dark Mercury Bather

    1993

    Graphite pencil on paper

    21.2 x 20.3

  • Small Vanitas (Still life only)

    1993

    Graphite pencil on paper

    17.2 x 17.2

  • Man with Apples

    1994

    Graphite pencil on paper

    12.3 x 19

  • Dark Bather

    1994

    Graphite pencil on paper

    23.8 x 18.8

  • Change into White

    1995

    Graphite pencil on paper

    22.2 x 20.3

  • Struggle

    1995

    Graphite pencil on paper

    24.7 x 16.5

  • Bather with a White Towel

    1995

    Graphite pencil on paper

    20.9 x 14

  • Bather’s Knee

    1995

    Graphite pencil on paper

    15.8 x 17.4

  • Sleeping Man with Apples

    1996

    Graphite pencil on paper

    19.4 x 17.8

  • Marion’s Kimono

    1996

    Graphite pencil on paper

    17.8 x 17.8

  • Bather Reaching Down

    1996

    Graphite pencil on paper

    22.9 x 18.4

  • Bather Head On

    1996

    Graphite pencil on paper

    24.2 x 17.8

  • Torso Bridge

    1997

    Graphite pencil on paper

    19.1 x 19.1

  • Nectarine Man

    1998

    Graphite pencil on paper

    23.8 x 19.1

  • Stretch 2

    1998

    Graphite pencil on paper

    19.1 x 19.1

  • Like Susanna

    1998

    Graphite pencil on paper

    22.9 x 15.2

  • Twisting Torsos

    1998

    Graphite pencil on paper

    25.5 x 20

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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