Drawn from Life Exhibition Opens in Banbridge

F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio scores exclusive collection featuring David Hockney and other world-renowned figurative artists

Fresh from the success of Susan MacWilliam’s Modern Experiments and Janet Mullarney’s My Minds i, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge has unveiled a striking new exhibition not yet held anywhere else in all of Ireland.

Running until Saturday, April 1, Drawn from Life: People on Paper encapsulates a large display of world-class figurative drawings. The collection has enthralled visitors across England in recent months, revealing some of the most exceptional masterworks from the Arts Council Collection in London (the UK's most widely-seen contemporary and modern art collection) and includes contributions from the British Council. 

The exclusive show features Gwen John’s delicate lines and the intricate patterns of Harold Gilman, while the works of George Fullard, John Golding, Frank Auerbach and John Bratby also represent the series of stunning mid-twentieth-century works. There's also a modern twist in the imaginary figures of Charles Avery and Mimei Thompson.


'Nude on her Back' by Frank Auerbach

Other internationally celebrated artists included range from Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth to Lucien Freud and David Hockney, whose first major exhibition in Ireland, titled I draw, I do, was held at the MAC last year.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Cllr Garath Keating, said: 'F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio is one of the foremost contemporary venues for showcasing the arts in the UK and Ireland and once again it breaks new ground and inspires new thinking and learning with this latest visual exhibition.

'A unique and moving day out for every age and interest, I hope that everyone makes the most of this amazing opportunity to view some of the world’s artistic greats as soon as they can.'

Women of Belfast Studies.

F.E. McWilliam's 'Women of Belfast Studies'

Gallery Curator, Dr Riann Coulter said: 'We’re delighted to welcome this beautiful and striking exhibition to the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge. Our ability to attract such a prestigious volume of work is testament to our continued success in delivering world class, engaging and thought-provoking artistic and cultural events. 

'This is the first time that we have had the opportunity to bring the works of major international 20th century artists such as Moore, Hockney and Lucien Freud to Banbridge.

'I’m thrilled that the Arts Council Collection have kindly agreed to add some of McWilliam’s drawings to the exhibition alongside his friends Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth and we look forward to welcoming our visitors from near and far over the coming weeks.'

PAOLOZZI, Eduardo AC1655

'Drawings from Rembrandt' by Eduardo Paolozzi

For more information about the Arts Council Collection, visit www.artscouncilcollection.org, or for the exhibition and opening times, go to www.femcwilliam.com, or phone 028 4062 3322.