Sculptors’ Drawings & Works On Paper is a collaboration between the two galleries based
at Kings Place, Pangolin London and Kings Place Gallery. Opening in September the
exhibition will span the entire public space at Kings Place over three levels and will include
over 100 works on paper dating from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day
by both established and emerging sculptors. Works to be included range from that of Henry
Moore and Barbara Hepworth, Eduardo Paolozzi and Eduardo Chillida, to Tim Noble & Sue
Webster & Sarah Lucas.
Sculptors’ Drawings & Works On Paper is intended as a celebration of this specific genre and
will be the largest exhibition of its kind to date. It will focus on the unique way that sculptors
approach drawing and explore whether there is a difference between sculptors and other
traditional disciplines in the treatment of two dimensional works on paper to communicate
three dimensional objects. A point that has often been under discussion as illustrated here by
“There is a general idea that sculptors’ drawings should be diagrammatic studies, without any
sense of background behind the object or of any atmosphere around it. That is, the object is
stuck on the flat surface of the paper with no attempt to set it in space – and often not even to
connect it with the ground, with gravity. And yet the sculptor is as much concerned with space
as a painter.”
For many sculptors making is a practical and manual process, however, working in two
dimensions is often used to aid the transition from initial thought to a finished form. Varying
in degrees of completion –Steve Dilworth’s preparatory sketches, Aristide Maillol’s detailed
studies, George Rickey’s working drawings or Wendy Taylor’s highly finished works in their
own right - the works on paper in this exhibition reveal a unique and appealing method often
used by sculptors to problem-solve through unconventional means.
The exhibition hopes to push the boundaries of the traditional definition of drawing by
incorporating collage, printmaking and computer-aided graphics as mediums that sculptors
also use to oscillate between two and three dimensions. Indeed diversity of approach is one
element that becomes strongly apparent in this exhibition and distinctive techniques can be
seen to emerge according to each sculptor’s individual method of practice.
As a niche subject that has been little covered, this exhibition will bring together an extensive
body of work that covers many aspects of what sculpture represents today. It will illustrate
the diverse field in which a sculptor works through both small intimate notebook sketches as
well as much larger working drawings and will offer visitors an insight into the evolving history
of this artistic method. By observing these various sculptors works on paper over a broad time
period interesting similarities and differences between graphic and sculptural treatment can
be clearly seen.
Sculptors’ drawings are a rapidly growing collectors market, yet prices are frequently less
than painters’ drawings. As many relate to well known, public or recognized sculptures, they
have an enduring appeal and the exhibition at Kings Place will be a unique opportunity for
collectors to purchase works from a highly regarded artists at affordable prices. An exclusive
Damien Hirst limited edition print created especially for the exhibition will also be available
A fully illustrated catalogue will also accompany the exhibition.