Opening Reception: Patricia Graham Arrott Drawings

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In the 1970’s Patricia Graham Arrott (1931-2016) and Gary Faigin were part of a group in Vancouver who kept life drawing alive when it was no longer in fashion. When life drawing came back in the 1990’s, students flocked to Patricia’s classes at the Art Students League of New York where she had been a student of Robert Beverley Hale and Harvey Dinnerstein. A venerable instructor there once put his head in through the door of her classroom and announced that “Ingres Lives” referring to the master of masters of portraiture. Her specialty is the line using graphite, silver point, charcoal and sanguine Conté with subjects from babies, courtrooms and street people to cadavers. In 1990 and 1991, Arrott made portraits at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center in New York of a group which would not see the Aids cocktail. These and the courtroom drawing have historical as well as artistic value.
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By: Gage Academy of Art

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