There was a great selection of drawings, paintings and prints to take a look at, and a helpful blurb to accompany each work:
Gallery view of the exhibition
The Higgins Bedford
The two particular highlights from the show for me were drawings by:
This was a careful and detailed drawing of two trees in a garden setting. The mark making was subtle and precise, conveying a great sense of place and demonstrating what a skilled draftsman he was.
I'm a dedicated admirer of Freud's figure paintings, but can't recall seeing many drawings. It was great to be able to get up close to see the detail of this work. The drawing style was bold and confident, and it was particularly interesting to be able to inspect the different marks he made to represent the natural tree and plant forms in the composition.
Visiting this exhibition was timely as a series of paintings I'm currently working on are inspired by mark-making in the landscape. I'm experimenting as I develop these new canvases and am not yet entirely sure how I'll resolve them. I'm looking forward to testing out some new ideas after being freshly inspired by my 'walk in the woods' through the gallery.