David Ward

Completed in 1984, this series of 30 drawings is framed in 10 groups of 3 and relates to the movement and the scale of the body. It was influenced by David Ward’s first collaborative dance work Huge Veil, made with dancers Miranda Tufnell and Dennis Greenwood at Riverside Studios in the same year. In that work he projected and manipulated light in relation to the movements of the performers. 

Each of these drawings was created by exposing photosensitive linen to light using a variety of techniques: some panels were exposed to light through cut stencils, others are the result of drawing on acetate sheets, which act as full-size ‘negatives’, and some were drawn directly with small lamps and torches.

The title refers to the ancient Greek form of measurement by hands. Simple and direct drawn lines derive from references to the human body, expressing ideas of dynamism and stillness with a network of associations between the pictorial elements. According to the artist: '... the means are direct and simple, avoiding mechanical processes. I am interested in the levels of association that can develop between the individual drawings.'

  • Artwork Details: 3 parts, total, 181.5 x 133.5cm
  • Edition: n/a
  • Material description: light on photo-sensitive linen
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © David Ward. All rights reserved, DACS 2022.
  • Theme: Figurative
  • Medium: Drawing
  • Accession number: AC 5611

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