Drawing Unlocked

Our new online project Drawing Unlocked reveals recent drawings made by artists living around the globe, from London, to Lagos, to Lahore, united by the fight against Coronavirus. These artists, all of whom we’ve worked with in recent years, share their intimate reflections on the importance of drawing to them at this challenging time. The artists receive 100% of any sales.  For sales enquiries please contact [email protected]

"On Friday, a little less than a year ago, in a different world, I went to the LA MoCA gala.

When I entered the dinner I sat in the wrong place because I ran into Francesca Gabbiani and Eddie Ruscha who invited me to join them. I am pleased that I did because towards the end of the meal Eddie pushed an open notebook over to me and said, “Hey man, Finish this drawing.” And I did, rather fluently, and we all laughed. It was nothing, but we both knew it had worked. As we left we joked that perhaps we should try working together.

On April the 13th this year we began. By now I was living, or rather, I am living under the lockdown in Berlin and Eddie is at home, under the same circumstances, in the Hollywood Hills, 9,300 kilometers away. We would not be able to meet even if he was in the next street.

In 'The Plague', Albert Camus writes of the dissociated state that fell like a spell over the minds of the inhabitants of Oran once their city was shut to the outside world. Because of the twin dangers of ungovernable fear, on the one hand, and false optimism on the other, Camus writes that they resorted to 'a middle course between these heights and depths, they drifted through life rather than lived, the prey of aimless days and sterile memories, like wandering shadows that could have acquired substance only by consenting to root themselves in the solid earth of their distress.'

It is not perhaps distress that comes across in these drawings so much as a real enjoyment of what is emerging from someone else. You have got to be there for that.

Here are some of them. I am including their beginnings as well as their endings, if they are endings. Eddie and I haven’t discussed them yet. It has been brilliant to be surprised by both of us."

Mathew Hale, Friday May the 8th 2020, Berlin.