William Kentridge – Charcoal artist

William Kentridge is a famous contemporary artist who has produce many charcoal studies for exhibition themselves but also for his animation. It is interesting the way this artist works because his charcoal drawings are portrayed on a range of different papers and surfaces which benefit the studies by creating texture and contrast against the charcoal. The etching style of production Kentridge uses on the paper forms a ridged effect to the work. I feel his work has a feeling of depression and darkness to it because of the way he portrays the figures within the piece. The intensity of the charcoal ranging between different studies which also impacts the mood of the work. Not only this but, Kentridge uses the paper itself as a form of highlighter on the work. By this, I mean the artist is using the whiteness of the paper as the highlighted areas within the drawing. By doing this, Kentridge is lifting the amount of charcoal used within the work. I however, feel the more charcoal the better with my work because I feel it brings great density into the work.


Author: ninasartspace

Based in Cardiff studying Fine Art at the Metropolitan University. Originally from East Sussex. The career goal is Art Therapy with adults who suffer from PTSD and other mental issues which affect so many of us on a daily basis.

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