Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is Charcoal?

What is Charcoal?

Charcoal is sticks of charred wood used to make initial studies and finished drawings. It is easily smudged and erased. It requires resin or gum to make it stick to surfaces permanently, and is ideal for sketching first ideas on walls or canvas.

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David Nash

Downpour, 2004

Drawing / Watercolor

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Drawing / Watercolor

Drawing and watercolor are two traditional art techniques which stand alone as media, but are often used in conjunction with each other. Drawing can create the basic outlines for watercolor painting. Drawing over dried watercolor or using watercolor pencils are combined media techniques.

Figuration Libre

This is an art movement equivalent to the French Bad Painting and the Neo-expressionism in Europe and America. This art term was coined by Ben Vautier and Fluxus. Robert Combas, Francois Boisrond, Herve Di Rosa and Remi Blanchard formed the Figuration Libre group back in 1981. This art term can be interpreted as "free style" art.

Cynical Realism

Cynical realism is the term first used in 1992 by art critic Li Xianting to describe the Beijing artist group which painted satirical social realist paintings. The group sought to depict the psychological turmoil experienced when China was struggling with new political ideology.

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