atelier: the art of representation
Lara are proud to present outstanding works from over 30 artists all trained in the atelier style. Handpicked for their creativity and vision this exhibition showcases how these traditional skills are relevant today.
Alongside painting and drawing this exhibition includes computer arts, pop art, sculpture, conceptual art, architecture and photography to exemplify the platform this training creates.
The atelier system is a highly structured and systematic curriculum which is passed on from tutor to student. It emerged during the seventieth century and later became the most common method of training painters. Students of differing standards and experience work together, each learning from the other with the tutor tailoring his critique to that of a student’s individual requirements.
in the atelier style, mastery of the grammar of drawing is highly valued. The development of this level of skill demands from its practioners an intensity of focus, dedication and patience. Even in today’s high speed world these qualities remain highly relevant, as demonstrated by the diversity of media used in the Exhibition.
James Napier, the Director of Lara and who conceived the exhibition, comments “atleliers focus on understanding how to truly observe from life and this exhibition fully illustrates what an artist can do once they have learned those skills. There is an impressive body of work within a range of forms as a result of the artists having spent serious study and time mastering their art.”