In Christopher Gallego’s drawings, it is as if you are underwater, and all of the usual sounds, shuffles, and animation of life goes silent, and you find yourself in this sensorially pared-down but visually heightened world.
As all portrait artists know, there is something solemnly ceremonious about the full-profile position. We do not make eye contact—that being somehow beneath the authority of the subject—just as the set mouth seems to be not just momentarily, but eternally, silent.
George B. Bridgman was the preeminent instructor of figure drawing in this country during the first half of the twentieth century and is credited with having taught close to 70,000 students, from illustrators to the avant-garde. What makes his lessons so enduring?