Limerick life drawing society lays bare their talents

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Artists Charles Harper and Merrie O'Higgins attending the Body and Soul Exhibition, Central Buildings, OConnell Street. Picture: Gareth Williams
THE PRACTICE of life drawing “may seem old fashioned and not sexy”, but one of Ireland’s eminent artists, Charles Harper, has encouraged art students to keep mastering drawing before they can paint.

THE PRACTICE of life drawing “may seem old fashioned and not sexy”, but one of Ireland’s eminent artists, Charles Harper, has encouraged art students to keep mastering drawing before they can paint.

Speaking at the launch of a life drawing exhibition in the city, entitled Body and Soul, the 71 year-old member of the RHA said: “Drawing is fundamental to my art. It’s like doing a marathon, you have to do a lot of training and prepare. You have to do some work before you can work on a big piece, and drawing is as fundamental to artists, as it is for architects and designers.”

The former head of the fine art department in Limerick School of Art & Design is a member of the Limerick Figure Drawing Society, which is currently running an exhibition on O’Connell Street. He joined the two-year old society shortly after its establishment by Mark Heng, a charicature artist who set up the society after moving to Raheen from Boston with his family.

“It has been a great outlet. It has been fairly awful economically for artists over the last few years. Art was seen as a luxury and a non necessity; about 90% of the buyers disappeared but there has been a bit of a turn up. But I couldn’t stop working - I’m an art addict,” he told the Limer ick Leader.

Artist Merrie O’Higgins, who taught in the National College of Art and Design for many years, said the quality and diversity of the work is “amazing”

The exhibition, which opened on Thursday last in Central Buildings at 51 O’Connell Street, features the work of Louise Barret, Edel Cassidy, Aidan O’Sullivan, Ivan Daly. It will run until October 19, from 10.30am to 6pm daily.

The group meets each Tuesday night in the University of Limerick, from 8-10pm, where artists have set times to sketch nude models in three, 20 minute and 55 minute durations. Classes are €12 pay as you go. Contact limerickfiguredrawingsociety@gmail.com.

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