Beauty Among Us: Drawings from Life


NEW YORK, New York (August 15, 2022)–On view from August 8 through Aug 26, 2022, the Salmagundi Club presents Drawings from Life, in the Skylight Gallery. As the title implies, this exhibition showcases artwork that depicts life, in one way or another, from the perspective of 40 different artists. True to the genre, a majority of the works depict human life—friends, children, figure drawing models, and, in some cases, the artist themselves. These subjects are shown in various states, some at rest, or in active poses, and others gazing directly at the viewer. 

Tyler Berry, Coryphe
“Coryphee” by Tyler Berry

The artworks on view display the intangible interplay of light and dark across the surfaces of the body, often in black and white or monochrome pigments. At times this is very dramatic and abstract, as seen in Jean Marcellino’s Amanda Emergent, or soft, yet distinct, making the subject pop from the page, as in Niamh Butler’s Grounding. Carol Peebles harnesses this play of light and dark to create a golden glow bouncing off the skin of her subject in Life Studio Blue Easel Club, as though radiating from deep within. Rochelle Szews takes a different approach in Unprotected, creating a form of delicate contour lines, with shading to fill in the sensation of a body barely held within the lines. 


Life drawings can bring the personality of the subject to life on the page, seen in the bright-faced and slightly aloof portrait by Genesis Geismar, My Friend, or in the warm and welcoming eyes drawn by Oscar Peterson in his work Tell Me A Story. Through the use of rough gestural strokes, Katie Cundiff emphasizes the disgruntled mood conveyed in the pose of her subject in Repose. Basia Tov had an eye towards precision and details in Portrait in Blue, where you can see each strand of hair and the subtle determined expression of the subject. A few works are titled as studies, or convey that aesthetic, such as Brian Bailey’s chalk drawing, Essence, with elegant light that illuminates the model’s face, and the rest of the body fading away into line drawing in the darkness, nearly a shadow.


The beauty of life drawing is the admiration of the human figure in various shapes and postures, highlighting the unique contours or surface textures a body provides. Through each artwork, the viewer has a momentary encounter into the subject’s world, through the eyes of the artist.


The exhibition in the Skylight Gallery is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 1:00 to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. The Opening Reception will take place on August 18, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 pm. The reception is open to the public; space is limited and tickets are required to attend.


Salmagundi is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional and social club, created in 1871 by artists and patrons to support one another. It is one of America’s oldest arts organizations with more than 1,100 current members throughout the United States and abroad.

The Club has continuously championed representational art from its founding with iconic members, including: Thomas Moran (1837-1926), William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), Emil Carlsen (1848-1932), N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), Childe Hassam (1859-1935) and Winston Churchill (1874-1965).

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Joseph Ralph Fraia, Chair or Charity Henderson, Vice-Chair
Salmagundi Public Relations Committee
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