. . . Figure drawings by Patricia Halbeck
April 3, 2014
The Framemaker proudly presents charcoal drawings of the human form by Austin Peay State University (APSU) professor of Music, Patricia Halbeck. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on April 3, 2014. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The drawings will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of March during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
Patricia Halbeck works with equal passion in both figure and landscape genres. Preferring to paint and draw from life, she is a regular member of the Open Studio sessions at Warehouse 521 in Nashville. Her landscapes are often done “Plein air” with the Chestnut Group around the middle Tennessee region. As a pianist and professor of music at Austin Peay State University she is increasingly interested in the interdisciplinary possibilities of the arts.
The artist states, “The illusion of form and volume on a two-dimensional surface is often created using variations in value to indicate the play of light and shadow on an object. However, it is also true that form can be beautifully articulated by accurate and expressive outlines with little to no modeling of interior structures. This series of drawings was done to explore this concept. Subtle curves of the human form are remarkably clear indicators of interior anatomical structure. The hidden muscles and bones are clothed with the veil of skin that ebbs and flows over them in an endless series of convex arcs. In addition, the variations of an expressive line are endless; dark, light, thick, thin, exploring lost and found edges.”
Halbeck continues, “A charcoal outline can become almost melodic in its ability to suggest, clarify and communicate what is within the boundaries of the form. I am fascinated by the oft-quoted idea that ‘less is more.’ These works are an attempt to portray the beauty of God’s highest creation with an economical but expressive use of the line.”