Drawing People

The Human Figure in Contemporary Art



ISBN: 9780500291634 Category:

Roger Malbert


The act of drawing has long been considered the foundation of an artistic education, and the life class essential to the formation of an artist’s style and technique. Yet in the contemporary art world drawing is increasingly regarded as a medium in its own right, and the figure as a subject for ongoing exploration well beyond the sketchbook.

Drawing People is a thoughtful and beautifully illustrated survey of the most compelling and inventive drawings of the human form being produced today. An introduction places the medium of drawing in its historical context, discussing its intersection with photography, painting, collage and illustration.

Chapters on Body, Self, Personal Lives, Social Reality and Fictions include short introductions outlining each theme, followed by commentaries on individual artists exploring their style, ideas and techniques, accompanied by finely reproduced images of their recent work.

Additional information

Weight 1593 g
Dimensions 24.2 x 33.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 April 2015
Number of pages 256
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 24.2 x 33.1 cm
Weight 1593 g


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Roger Malbert is Head of Hayward Touring, the Hayward Gallery, London. He has been a judge for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, and his writing on art has featured in the Independent, Art Monthly, the Times Literary Supplement, The Art Newspaper and Modern Painters.