Thursday, 30th October 2003, page
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Review of the book by Danny Gregory
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I've been in a gallery I find myself coming out and seeing the world
through the eyes of the painters I've been looking at.
In the Café Azure (downstairs
from the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield) there are no Blakeian
Bogeymen or sun-drenched granite boulders but the still lives of
Anne Redpath and Elizabeth Blackadder
from the Scottish painters' exhibition are also resonating in my
mind and I draw a glass with half-melted ice cubes and the water
bottle (it's deep blue, as this is the Café Azure, but I
haven't got time for watercolour). I dip my brush in the dregs of
the water to finish my sketch, blotting the fountain pen ink of
the drawing to produce a tonal wash.
Outside the special sanctuary
of the art gallery a more streetwise inspiration for me recently
has been New Yorker Danny Gregory's drawing-diary
Everyday Matters, which, I discover when we call in at
Waterstone's bookshop, is now available on this side of the Atlantic
(for a preview, see the links below).
I look forward to seeing the
book itself but just looking at his sketches online of . . .
- chimney pots
- the contents of cupboards
- book shelves
- people at home or in queues
- assorted murderers (how did they get in?!)
- trucks and, my favourite,
- 'Booths and the people who work in them'
. . . I feel; 'yes, that's
it, that's what it's all about!'
Here's one of the spreads from
||There's another page that sums up Gregory's
philosophy: he's written 'NotHiNg to DRaW'
in large felt-tip capitals in the centre of a spread and, surrounding
that, simple sketches of the common objects that we so easily
overlook, including 'the most beautiful garbage truck in the
|Booth by Danny Gregory.
The subtitle of Everyday
Matters, published by Princetown Architectural Press, (ISBN
156898443X, £10.99, hardback) is 'a Story of Love and
Recovery' and there's a great sense of joy in the quirkily
observed details of everyday life. With it's humour, poignancy and
delight in the everyday it's persuaded me to take a break from my
habitual subjects of rumpled rhubarb and seeding dockweeds and enjoy
a short break to try some other subjects for a change (but I'll
still come back to rhubarb soon!).
are no booths in sight as we wait for the supertram by the Cathedral
so I draw an ornate building, another Gregory favourite, opposite.
That's as far as I got when the tram came!
Gregory - you need an up-to-date version of Flash to enjoy this
innovative site. Anybody who attended school in the pre-video era
should check out the 'film strip' link.
Matters an interview from The Morning News and extracts
from the book.
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