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Bianca Gonzalez and Robert Malin of the Strandon Art Centre set to show the exhibition called 'Life Art'.
A nude art exhibition is set to expose the body of artworks created by a New Plymouth life drawing group.
Life Art is the culmination of work by emerging and established local artists who came together at Strandon Arts Centre to sketch live models au natural for the past 18 months.
The centre is next to the Gallery Frame Shop on Devon St East and serves as the backdrop for exhibition that runs until December 23. The gallery doors will be open all week 9.30am til 4pm, and on Saturday 9.30am until 2pm.
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Robert Malin's gallery is holding an exhibition of works representing the naked human form.
"It's a very immediate form of artwork and when there are seven or eight drawing together there is good energy levels that are created," said the centre's and frame shop owner, Rob Malin.
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The creative practitioners applied their unique styles to developing their sketches from the drawing sessions. Their finished pieces depict the naked human form in a mix of mediums: from pastels, charcoal, lino cuts, ceramic sculptures, prints, paintings, and more.
"For example Peter Lambert might draw a picture, then he'll make that into a solar plate etching, then he can run maybe five or six prints," Malin said.
Nude art could be a touchy subject, Malin who is also an artist said.
"Life drawing can be sort of tantalising or a little bit passe to start with, but the drawings happen so quickly there's not much time to think about it."
"Even though we deal with nudity and we draw the naked form, I guess it's a jumping off point. You could take a photograph but the human artist expression is so much more vibrant," said Malin.
Malin said the models enjoyed it too. Drawing a live model is a one-to-one ratio, you're a human size and you're drawing a human size, no camera or screen between you.
"They bring their spirit to the artwork and you can see it in a lot of the drawings," he said.
About 10 local artists, including Peter Lambert, Brenda Cash, Robert Malin, John Faulkner, and Ian Calloway, are displaying their works, which are all for sale,
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