Painter Robert Dukes argues for drawing as an essential artistic activity.
Dukes writes: "Drawing and painting are very closely combined. This might seem a surprisingly obvious statement: after all, the act of painting could hypothetically be broken down into drawing, colour and tone – yet some serious observational painters nowadays hardly draw at all. For me, regular drawing (with a pencil) is necessary for me to 'get my eye in.' In order to perceive colour-shapes clearly, I need to draw first... painters should draw constantly, in order to see, and therefore to paint."
Neil Plotkin interviews London-based painter Robert Dukes. Dukes discusses his life and work including his time in art school and painting after the old masters. He also discusses a hiatus from, and return to, painting through "the painting of a coffee mug (1998)... Finally, a realised image as opposed to the gestural paintings I’d been producing..."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.