Shadow Play: The Shade

Listing No: 6496

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
Ellen Soderquist (1945-)
Shadow Play: The Shade
Date of Work:
"Soderquist © 10" at lower left
Where Produced:
Dallas, Texas

Artwork Medium

on Paper
Medium Notes:
graphite on Coventry Rag paper

Artwork Size & Weight

35 x 43.75 in. (Sight Size)

Artwork Condition


Artwork Provenance

This work comes directly from the artist. 2014 - Shadow Play solo exhibit, WAAS Gallery Dallas TX 2014 - Au Naturel 8th Annual International Competition; Charles Froelick, juror; Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery; Astoria, OR and Cash Award to teach a Gesture Drawing Workshop at Clatsop College 2016 - WaterTower Theatre solo exhibit; Addison TX 2017 - Drawing Room; Cedar Valley College; Lancaster TX

About this Piece

This artwork is from a series of large gestural full figure nude drawings titled, “Shadow Play,” executed between 2008 and 2010. The figures are caught in a frozen gestural pose and they cast dark shadows beneath acting as an imaginary dance partner.

About the Artist

Ellen Soderquist

Artist’s Statement

Since 1979 I have been a studio artist, a teacher of life drawing and an advocate for
the nude in contemporary art. As an artist, l create intelligent and sensuous graphite
drawings of the human body. The nude has been a constant in my work since 1963; it is
my art form; and drawing is the primary technique for my expression of ideas. As a
teacher of life drawing, l advocate that my students learn the role of the nude in the
history of art and that they communicate their ideas about humanity through their work.
As a lecturer and an author, I bring the complex relevance of the unclothed human body
to the consciousness of contemporary culture.

In my freshman drawing class at SMU, we were taught life drawing as a discipline;
however, l was aware that the nude meant much more than that to me. As I laid down
the stick of charcoal after making my first gesture drawing of a nude model, I was
hooked. There was, in the flurry of charcoal on the surface of the newsprint, Somebody
looking back at me. After l discovered Kenneth Clark’s book, "The Nude: A Search for
Ideal Form," in which he stated that the nude is “not the subject of art, but a form of art” I
worked for decades to develop a technique that begins with a mass or scribble gesture
drawing that moves through abstracted forms to a tangible essence of humanity. In
numerous series of artwork, l have pursued a conceptual itinerary that spans the gamut
of human emotions and relationships and l have explored contemporary attitudes about
the nude as well as those of other cultures throughout the history of art.

Recently a reviewer described my drawings as “highly developed…elegant and
provocative." I strive to create an individual who is present for the viewer.

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