Drawing depicts essence of art

DRAWING lies at the heart of every artwork.

That’s the message of a new exhibition called Marked – Drawing Now, opening today at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery.

The exhibition includes drawings from more than 20artists.

Amanda Davies has a drawing in the exhibition of the Watagan escarpment, near where she lives at Laguna.

‘‘The Watagans have an extraordinary feel,’’ she said, with  an eeriness and a quality reminiscent of Picnic at Hanging Rock.

She said drawing was an important skill for every artist.

It’s  good for hand-eye co-ordination and self-confidence.

‘‘There should be much more drawing in primary school, so children can access their creativity 

and imagination,’’ she 

said. 

‘‘If you take a photo of something you forget it, but if you draw something it’s always in your memory.

‘‘Drawing is a beautiful ability to make a mark that represents something.’’

Gallery director John Barnes said the exhibition’s title reflected the simple act of making a mark.

‘‘Drawing underpins all artistic expression,’’ Mr Barnes said.

‘‘It involves a necessity to really look and see and concentrate.’’

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