29 October to 23 December

This rare juxtaposition of studies by a contemporary artist with Old Master drawings highlights the enduring practice of drawing the nude direct from the model. Over centuries, artists have conveyed and employed the nude in order to create a narrative or simply produce an image that allows us to reflect upon ourselves.

The drawings in the exhibition date from the seventeenth century to those made this year. They range from preparatory studies and imaginary scenes (informed by working from life) to finished drawings.

Drawing from life has remained central to Williams’ work for over thirty years. Williams writes ‘For young figurative artists the ease of copying photographs is always a temptation, as the camera has already transcribed the three dimensional onto a flat surface but much is sacrificed in the process; the camera acts as a disruptive intermediary between artist and subject. The engagement and process of drawing direct permeates the works of the Old Masters and it is perhaps one element that allows their works to remain vital’.

Nicholas C Williams is a British symbolist painter whose work examines aspects of human behaviour. Solo shows include the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum,Bournemouth and Liverpool Cathedral for the opening of the European Capital of Culture. He was a winner of the Hunting Art Prize and was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Art Prize. Public collections include Bournemouth Central Library, Falmouth Art Gallery, Frissiras Museum, Athens and the British Museum.

Life Studies – Royal Cornwall Museum 29/10/18 – 23/12/18 from Lee Evans on Vimeo.