Drawn From Life

Alex Small

22nd – 28th  June 2016

  • An exhibition of artwork drawn directly from life, to include paintings, drawings, mixed media and a small amount of sculpture.
  • The main body of work consists of drawings from the life model, made at a number of different venues and of different models during the last five years, including at the Cheltenham School of Fine Art. I am a firm believer in the power of the human form to communicate and of its continuing relevance in both practicing, studying and appreciating art. Drawings on paper in graphite, charcoal, ink, wash, pastel, as well as a few more recent paintings on canvas and board in oil and acrylic.
  • There will also be a selection of illustration work, mostly from my time as a student in Cheltenham. This has a similar focus on drawing directly from life, including reportage drawings of racegoers at Cheltenham racecourse in 2013/14, as well as drawings of live events and musicians.
  • The exhibition will also include a small number of figurative sculptures in clay made in recent weeks.
  • I graduated with a First in Illustration from the University of Gloucestershire in 2014 and have since worked as a teacher for the Seasons Art Classes in Cheltenham and Cirencester. I currently live in Bristol where I have a studio.


Open Daily 10am – 5pm

Entry free

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What’s Next?

  • Maintenance The east turret is in need of repair to prevent rain leaking in when the wind is in the ‘wrong’ direction. We hope to get this done during gallery downtime.
  • Hire Dates for 2022 The release of dates for hiring the gallery in 2022 is under review pending the availability of dates for events in the gardens.
  • New gallery layout

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