Colored Pencil Works by Dirk Bach

November 26, 2012

Perhaps having one of our favorite names in art, illustration Dirk Bach also happens to be a very talented craftsman working with graphite and colored pencils. The scenes are still-lifes, with a hint of surrealism and collage. He has shown throughout the United States.

From the artist:

In 1980, I began a series of large graphite-on-paper drawings—“still-life” would properly identify the context—with which I am still occupied thirty years later [2010]. The work incorporates photographic imagery [slides of chairs, water surfaces, rugs, grass textures, Asian calligraphy, Japanese prints, crustaceans, lobster traps, etc.] projected singly onto a sheet of vellum, drawn by hand with a soft graphite pencil, erased and reintroduced, the overlapped objects changing in size and position until a satisfactory composition is secured. For years my classroom experience had been tied to art historical pedagogy by means of a discussion of slides projected onto a large screen; the extension of this mode of visualization into the private world of my studio seemed only second nature. A collaged composition of light projected objects also made reference to proposals in my master’s thesis twenty years earlier. When the working drawing on vellum reached a completed status, the vellum was turned over and secured to a white sheet of quality rag paper and the graphite marks transferred by linear pressure onto its surface. Removing the vellum, I would then work up the illusion of the solid objects in space, applying chiaroscuro effects to achieve the finished version. Each slide held a view of a specific object photographed as seen from above—the array of objects depicted from this vantage point created an overall spatial effect one could term “oriental perspective”—an axonometric space, allowing the viewer to “hover” above the scene.