Antony Gormley

BLACK PIGMENT, OIL & CHARCOAL, 1984 - 1989

These black pigment, oil and charcoal drawings made between 1985 and 1988 and generally on a smaller scale, were executed on a heavy density etching paper, Somerset Weave, which Gormley first discovered as a support in 1984 and which he has consistently used since. Large sheets of paper were folded and torn to scale, either in quarters, sixteenths or more generally, as in this case, eighths. Either way, the uneven edges were left uncut, complementing the coarse but highly atmospheric ground texture provided by the dense weave of the paper. This highly productive period in Gormley's drawing career when he found himself working, sometimes 'for hours at a stretch in a frenzy', is characterised generally by a pervasive blackness. The first drawings were made while staying near Tintagel, a historical, windswept shoreline in north Cornwall, mythically connected by its castle to the legend of King Arthur. The imagery of hot rock pools, seascape, sheer cliff and night sky relates specifically to the place and suggests its very particular atmosphere. The rest of the drawings were made in the drawing room of a new studio converted from an old laundry in Peckham, South London. The physical darkness of these drawings contributes to a melancholic gravitas in terms of atmosphere and tone, paralleling the dark interior of Gormley's lead sculptures. Text by Anna Moszynska, from ANTONY GORMLEY DRAWING, Published by The British Museum Press, 2002

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MIND AND BODY, 1984

MIND AND BODY, 1984
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper,
38 x 28 cm

UNTITLED (ARDPATRICK), 1984

UNTITLED (ARDPATRICK), 1984
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
61 x 86 cm

UNTITLED (ARDPATRICK), 1984

UNTITLED (ARDPATRICK), 1984
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
56 x 76 cm

UNTITLED, 1985

UNTITLED, 1985
Black pigment on paper
25 x 34 cm

SUCK II, 1985

SUCK II, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
24 x 34 cm

HOME AFFAIR, 1985

HOME AFFAIR, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
26 x 35 cm

KINGDOM

KINGDOM, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
79 x 63 cm

MASK

MASK, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
79 x 63 cm

IN AND BEYOND

IN AND BEYOND, 1985
Oil, charcoal and pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

NIGHT, 1985

NIGHT, 1985
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

OCEAN

OCEAN, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
26 x 33 cm

PART, 1985

PART, 1985
Oil & charcoal on paper
38.5 x 28 cm

TERRITORY

TERRITORY, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
25 x 34 cm

HEAD LIGHT

HEAD LIGHT, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
34 x 25 cm

OPEN

OPEN, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

UNTITLED, 1985

UNTITLED, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
34 x 25 cm

UNTITLED, 1985

UNTITLED, 1985
Black pigment on paper
34 x 25 cm

UNTITLED, 1985

UNTITLED, 1985
Black pigment on paper
34 x 25 cm

ATTENTION

ATTENTION, 1985
Charcoal, black pigment and linseed oil on paper
28 x 38 cm

PRESENT TIME

PRESENT TIME, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

SUPPORT

SUPPORT, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
38 28 cm

FRIENDS

FRIENDS, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

IMAGINATION

IMAGINATION, 1985
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

DARK STAR LIGHT STAR

DARK STAR LIGHT STAR, 1986
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

HOME AND THE WORLD

HOME AND THE WORLD, 1986
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
26 x 34 cm

ROD, 1986

ROD, 1986
Black pigment, blood, oil, charcoal on paper
79 x 63 cm

SEA AND MOUNTAIN, 1986

SEA AND MOUNTAIN, 1986
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
79 x 63 cm

IMMERSION, 1986

IMMERSION, 1986
Oil & charcoal on paper
38.5 x 28 cm

THE OTHER ONE, 1986

THE OTHER ONE, 1986
Oil, pigment, charcoal
38 x 28 cm

HOME OF THE HEART, 1986

HOME OF THE HEART, 1986
Oil and charcoal on paper
38.5 x 28 cm

LIGHTHOUSE

LIGHTHOUSE, 1986
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

POLE

POLE, 1986
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

APART, 1986

APART, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

WHOLE, 1986

WHOLE, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

LIGHT BURDEN, 1986

LIGHT BURDEN, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

THERMOMETER, 1986

THERMOMETER, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

JOURNEY, 1985

JOURNEY, 1985, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on
38 x 28 cm

PERCEPTION, 1986

PERCEPTION, 1986
Charcoal, linseed oil and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

PLATEAU, 1986

PLATEAU, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

BRAIN BOX, 1986

BRAIN BOX, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
19 x 14 cm

FEEL, 1986

FEEL, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

MEETING, 1986

MEETING, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

DEEP SLEEP, 1986

DEEP SLEEP, 1986
Black pigment, linseed oil and charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

HUMOUR, 1986

HUMOUR, 1986
Black pigment, linseed oil and charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

PLACE, 1986

PLACE, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

ROCK HOLE, 1986

ROCK HOLE, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

WITNESS, 1986

WITNESS, 1986
Black pigment, linseed oil and charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

EXTENSION, 1986

EXTENSION, 1986
Charcoal and varnish on paper
28 x 38 cm

CELL, 1986

CELL, 1986
Black pigment, linseed oil and charcoal on paper
40 x 28 cm

MOUNTAIN WATCHERS, 1986

MOUNTAIN WATCHERS, 1986
Black pigment, linseed oil and earth on paper
28 x 38 cm

SENTENCE, 1986

SENTENCE, 1986
Black pigment, linseed oil and charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

HOLDS, 1986

HOLDS, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, 1986

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

GROWTH, 1986

GROWTH, 1986
Charcoal, oil and black pigment on paper
38 x 28 cm

SIGHT, 1986

SIGHT, 1986
Charcoal, linseed oil and black pigment on paper
28 x 38 cm

PERFORMANCE, 1986

PERFORMANCE, 1986
Black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
35 x 26 cm

POOL, 1986

POOL, 1986
black pigment, oil and charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

EXPRESS, 1986

EXPRESS, 1986
Charcoal, oil and black pigment on paper
37.5 x 28 cm

SEASCAPE

SEASCAPE, 1987
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

ROOM, 1987

ROOM, 1987
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

THERMOMETER

THERMOMETER, 1987
Black pigment, linseed oil, charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm

UNTITLED

UNTITLED, 1987
Black pigment, oil, charcoal on paper
28 x 38 cm

ENLIGHTEN

ENLIGHTEN, 1988
Black pigment, linseed oil, blood on paper
38 x 28 cm

RE-ENTRY

RE-ENTRY, 1988
Black pigment, linseed oil, blood on paper
38 x 28 cm

WITNESS

WITNESS, 1988
Black pigment, charcoal and linseed oil on paper
38 x 28 cm

FIELD, 1989

FIELD, 1989
Oil, charcoal and black pigment
77 x 111 cm