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]

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    Emma Talbot, Outside, a freedom that is only in your head (inner eye) 2020 Watercolour, gouache and metallic paint on khadi paper 27.5cm x 38.5 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Marcus Cope, Young Men Do Stupid Things 2020 Oil, charcoal and soft pastel on primed paper, 29.6 x 21 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Gabriella Boyd, Near miss 2020 Watercolour and oil on paper, 30 x 21 cm Courtesy the artist

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    David Austen, The conversation 29.5.20 2020 Watercolour, 25.4 x 25.4 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Nicola Tyson, Two-Faced 2020 Graphite on paper, 19 x 19.3 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Ali Kazim, Untitled (man of faith series) 2019 Watercolour pigments on paper, 46 x 56 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Marie Jacotey, Confinement Patchwork 2020 Oil pastels, pencil and thread on canvas, 69 x 46.5 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Nick Goss, Siracusa 2020 Watercolour, charcoal and collage on tissue paper, 54 x 30 cm Courtesy the artist

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    David Haines, Still Life with Flyer (Darklands) 2020 Graphite and nero pencil on paper, 26 x 31 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Florence Peake, Pink Blue drawing score 2019 Oil bar on oil primed canvas paper, 40.64 x 50.8 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Massinissa Selmani, Boussole (Compass) 2020 Graphite and coloured pencil on paper, 50 x 65 cm Courtesy the artist © Adagp, Paris

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    Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Disco 2020 Thread, graphite, coloured pencil, ink on tracing paper, 61 x 61 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Viktor Timofeev, Wall Of Prey 2019 Ink, graphite on paper, 35 x 25 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Donna Huddleston, The Serbian 2017 Caran d'ache on paper, 46 x 55 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Sarnath Banerjee, Dragonovid Indica 2020 Watercolour, 29.7 x 21 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Ciprian Muresan, Houseplant 2020 Pencil on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Athena Papadopoulos, Homecoming 2020 Image transfer paper, 21 x 31 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Heather Phillipson, WE HAD THE WAVE / OF THE FUTURE / RUSHING UNDER / OUR WEAKENING THIGHS 2020 Amazon delivery box, marker pens & glue, 46 x 39.5 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Heather Phillipson, MAYBE WHEN I RETURN / THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT 2020 Tomato delivery box, marker pens, 46 x 39.5 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Heather Phillipson, THE BEST FEELING I'VE EVER HAD / WITH MY CLOTHES ON 2020 Waitrose delivery box, marker pens, 29.7 x 42 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Heather Phillipson, IT’S A GUTSY THING / TO KEEP FEELING / THE WORLD’S MOVEMENTS 2020 Toilet paper delivery box, water-based marked pens, 78.3 x 35 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Heather Phillipson, I’D FORGOTTEN THAT THINGS CAN BE GORGEOUS / IN THE MIDDLE OF TUMULT 2020 Tomato packaging box, marker pens, 39 x 43.2 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Heather Phillipson, OOOOO 2020 Viking office supplies box, marker pens, 40.6 x 38.8 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Heather Phillipson, WHEN THE NEWS VEERS IN FROM THE NORTH (GET THAT TOWEL) 2020 Amazon delivery box, marker pens, 45.5 x 32.3 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Heather Phillipson, WORLD OF INTERIORS 2020 Amazon book envelope, marker pens, 37.4 x 22.1 cm Courtesy the artist

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"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.