Image of the Month – Cello Practice by Claire Sparkes ASGFA

Cello Practise by Claire Sparkes ASGFA Graphite on paper  153 x 91 cm

Cello Practice by Claire Sparkes ASGFA
Graphite on paper 153 x 91 cm

Editor’s note: Cello Practice is one of more than 200 works of art by artists across the UK that have been selected for DRAW 13, the Society’s open exhibition at the Menier Gallery in London 30th September – 12th October 2013. Music is the optional theme for the exhibition, which will be officially opened by Tim Lihoreau, Creative Director of Classic fM at the DRAW 13 evening reception on 1st October.

Cello Practice draws upon the energy of a focussed moment. The subject is my son. I composed the drawing over a series of daily cello practise sessions, observing the movements and posture of his focussed energy and striving.

At five feet tall, this is one of a series of large graphite drawings. I find it particularly exciting to explore this scale and the physicality of the materials I use. 

Drawing is fundamental to my artistic practice. It is an instinctive process of perceiving and communicating. The paper upon which I work, usually with graphite, records a presence. For me it is a place of energetic contact.”

Profile of the artist
Claire Sparkes ASGFA joined the Society in 2013. An artist living and working on the South East coast of England, Claire has exhibited in London, other UK cities and abroad. Her work is in public and private collections across the UK, and has been used in illustration. For more about Claire and her art, please visit her web site at


About Cynthia Barlow Marrs SGFA

Artist: I draw. Land planner: I was. Urban Sketcher: I am. SocietyofGraphicFineArt - The Drawing Society: I belong.
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2 Responses to Image of the Month – Cello Practice by Claire Sparkes ASGFA

  1. Susan Poole says:

    This is an extraordinarily beautiful drawing. Lovely to have a chance to see it again.

  2. Bob Ballard says:

    Absolutely admirable – I wanted to steal the technique from the moment I saw the original. You contrive to reconcile the difficult task of extending the medium beyond its normal range without violating its essential qualities.

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