This is the Drawing Room’s first collaborative event with the structurally observant and light sensitive painter, John Musgrove. These artists have been friends for some years and both participated in Open Studios together, and as artists in “live painting” events with ArtSpan at the DeYoung Museum. The live-painting events were such an incredible experience for both. When conspiring about ways to share their processes and bring people into the space, the live-painting experience really seemed the perfect way to kick-off the Drawing Room. John’s new body of work is playful, dynamic and is true to the notion that in life, you have to take risks and fly with grace (or your best shot) and conviction. Eyes onward and forward.
Traditionally, John paints city and landscapes, as well as portraiture and life scenes. For this event, John will be showing his new series of divers - laser-cut wood pieces that accentuate the dynamic line of the body through space in motion. On Saturday, both artists will be demonstrating their painting and drawing processes - and how they apply to each of their newest bodies of work.
“The inspiration for these pieces is hard to pinpoint except to say that one day I had an impulse to cut out images of divers from wood and paint them. I’ve learned to pay attention to my artistic impulses and follow them where they lead. The imagery is tied in my memory to motel signs of the 50s and 60s but the figures themselves embody exemplary human qualities—grace, control, courage, beauty. Creating them as cut-outs rather than simply paintings within a rectangular frame lends a sense of both uninhibited freedom and vulnerability to the pieces. The fact that all of the figures are women wasn’t exactly intentional but seeing them now I’m struck by a sense of celebration for women at this moment in our culture.”