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Artists working in drawing

Alberto Giacometti said that “drawing is the basis of everything" – and indeed, when it comes to art, drawing is a key starting point: for painting, for learning how to represent the world, even for sculpture in order to understand how forms fit together…

For a long time, drawing was not considered an art form in its own right. Instead it was simply part of an artist's training or the preparatory stages for creating a final artwork. Over time, drawing has gradually showed itself to be an complex and diverse discipline that is worthy of attention.

Artists and theorists specialised in drawing focussed on this practice to redefine it and expand its scope. What was before mostly referred to with the prefix “preparatory" took on a variety of forms and clearly demonstrated that the medium should be considered as an important part of the visuals arts.

Drawing has always been a part of the history of art, from the very first instance of visual art in prehistoric caves to the 21st century. It has continued to evolve depending on the time period and place, just like painting and sculpture. However, it was in the 19th century, when drawing began to be recognised as a medium in its own right that it became even more diverse.

Drawing forms the basis of many artistic practices, including designers, architects, stylists, graphic artists, and illustrators, but above all, it is also a real means of artistic expression in the same way as other forms of visual arts.

Visual artists were able to raise it to the rank of an artistic discipline by exploring new and varied drawing techniques and by using different media.

Whether done with Indian ink, gouache, watercolour, pen, pencil, marker pen or charcoal, drawing is, like any other artistic practice, subject to standards and classified according to a number of artistic movement. Drawings can be described as abstract, figurative, graphic, geometrical, and hyper-realistic.

On Artsper, you'll find artists specialised in drawing who work in a wide range of styles and embody the diversity that is present in contemporary drawing: you'll discover Mario Kolaric's minimalist works, Izumi Kato's intriguing portraits, Eduardo Arroyo's sketches, or Ernest Pignon-Ernest's street art style…

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JonOne

United States

Salvador Dali

Spain

Erró

Iceland

M.Chat

Switzerland

Seen

United States

Pablo Picasso

Spain

Valérie Hadida

France

Roberto Matta

Chile

Alekos Fassianos

Greece

Chanoir

France

Zoran Music

Slovenia

Robert Combas

France

Hom Nguyen

France

César Baldaccini

France

Antonio Segui

Argentina

Liu Bolin

China

Jazzu

France

Max Ernst

Germany

Jéko

France

Gottfried Salzmann

Austria

Hervé Di Rosa

France

Ben

France

Vladimir Velickovic

Serbia

Michael Grine

United States

Daru

France

C215

France

Marian Williams

Netherlands

Philippe Hiquily

France

Mark Kostabi

United States

John Matos Crash

United States

Moon Shin

South Korea

Menashe Kadishman

Israel

David Shrigley

United Kingdom

Valerio Adami

Italy

Patricia Simsa

France

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva

Portugal

Arman

France

Simone De Rosa

Italy

Tic

France

Meteo Meteo

France

Piotre

France

Fuh-mi

Japan

Alaa Abou Shaheen

Syrian Arab Republic

Adam Sabhan

Syrian Arab Republic

David Gerstein

Israel

Speedy Graphito

France

Mel Ramos

United States

Patsy McArthur

United Kingdom

Richard Caldicott

United Kingdom

Corneille

Netherlands

Nora Ampova

Bulgaria

Philippe Pasqua

France

Guy Denning

United Kingdom

Sumit Mehndiratta

India

Elizabeth Becker

United States

Reinaldo Chavez

Bolivia

Petr Strnad

United Kingdom

Feng Kaixuan

China

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

France

Giorgio de Chirico

Italy