13 Nic Plowman

13 . PORTRAITURE AND THE NUDE – Explore Drawing and Painting the Figure

Nic Plowman

Please contact the office if you are interested in attending this workshop. 02 6643 1528

This workshop will explore figure drawing as a basis for painting the figure and creating a portrait. From life drawing to portraiture the human form has been the central subject of Western art since the ancient Greeks. The workshop will focus on using observational drawing methods by working directly from the model in a studio environment. Students will work through a series of foundational exercises and strategies that will improve and build on their life drawing abilities, explore the potential of various painting methods and focus on skill development. This fun and exciting workshop will help participants to “see” and encourages learning from mistakes. Students will be emboldened to take risks and expand their own creative processes by exploring different media and figure painting techniques. Bring enthusiasm and a sense of humour (and drawing stuff). Mediums: drawing media, watercolour, acrylic and oil. Open to allcomers, 18 years and over. The models fee will be included in the student requirement list.

Distinguished by strong compositions and superb draughtsmanship, Nic Plowman’s work is concerned primarily with drawing and painting. He often uses a combination of media from both disciplines to explore themes of mortality, vulnerability, triumph and humanity; works that are often profoundly personal, with an aesthetic potency rooted in very real life/death experiences. “The power of Nic’s work lies in his ability to express beauty where we did not expect to find it works which presents ‘a view from the edge,’ that is at once confronting, poignant and inspirational.” Jacqueline Houghton A.P.A. In 2000 Nic graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Southern Queensland and won the university’s Parvis Nikdin Prize for outstanding achievement in studio practice. He returned to the university in 2001 as the Studio Assistant in painting and drawing and also tutored the Children’s Art Classes at the Toowoomba Art Society. His practice has seen him appointed to various professional roles including: casual academic at the University of Southern Queensland; judge of the inaugural Marie Ellis Drawing Prize with Vernon Ah Kee; guest speaker at the Day of the Dead Exhibition and Discussion with James Guppy in Byron Bay; at the Gold Coast Art Crawl Artist’s Talks with Scott Redford. He has been invited to speak on his practice at La Trobe University in Victoria and at the Pecha Kucha Talks at Brisbane’s Powerhouse. Nic has exhibited throughout Australia with 12 solo exhibitions and more than 50 group shows and his work has attracted collectors both nationally and internationally. He has been a finalist in many prestigious art prizes, including The Doug Moran Portrait Prize and twice in The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. Other noted achievements include: Finalist in the 2011 Duke Prize and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize for three consecutive years (2009 – 2011). He was also a finalist in the international London Calling Exhibition at Scream Gallery, London (2009) and in the Power of Self Exhibition in New York (2011). Nic currently works out of his Collingwood Studio in Melbourne, Australia. http://www.nicplowman.com info@nicplowman.com


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