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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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Salvador Dali

Spain

Pablo Picasso

Spain

Erró

Iceland

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

United States

Robert Combas

France

JonOne

United States

Arman

France

Peter Klasen

Germany

Pierre Alechinsky

Belgium

Valerio Adami

Italy

Yaacov Agam

Israel

Philippe Pasqua

France

Jacques Villeglé

France

Max Ernst

Germany

Antonio Segui

Argentina

Gottfried Salzmann

Austria

Liu Bolin

China

Hervé Di Rosa

France

Corneille

Netherlands

C215

France

Valérie Hadida

France

Patrick Villas

Belgium

Ben

France

Marc Prat

Spain

tizlu

Germany

Alessandra Bisi

Italy

Marian Williams

Netherlands

M.Chat

Switzerland

Jean Cocteau

France

Eduardo Arroyo

Spain

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

France

Seen

United States

Philippe Buil

France

Kumi Sugaï

Japan

Mimmo Rotella

Italy

Wifredo Lam

Cuba

Philippe Hiquily

France

Levalet

France

Death NYC

United States

Speedy Graphito

France

Tic

France

Nicolas Dubreuille

France

Roberto Matta

Chile

Tarek

France

Benjamin SPaRK

France

Rafiy Okefolahan

Benin

Vitaliy Lishko

Ukraine

Kirill Postovit

Czech Republic

Li Baoxun

China

Mel Ramos

United States

Markus Lüpertz

Germany

Mario Kolaric

Croatia

Philippe Ramette

France

Guy Denning

United Kingdom

Lantomo

Italy

Fernando Botero

Colombia

Irena Tone

United Kingdom

Hom Nguyen

France

David Shrigley

United Kingdom

Nam June Paik

South Korea

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