Studies from Life
In the Side Gallery will be a selection of heretofore unseen figure studies by Elmer Bischoff, dating from 1952-1969. Executed in ink or graphite and taken from sketchbooks, they reveal an artist constantly at work and attentive to his surroundings. Subjects include cafe patrons, students studying or drawing, family and friends relaxing, beachgoers, as well as many studies of landscapes and seascapes.
Bischoff made the return to figurative painting in 1952, closely following David Park; his earliest paintings of the period are exploratory and often give the impression of previous abstract work. While most of these drawings are not direct studies for paintings, they do focus on many of the themes common to Bischoff’s most accomplished figurative work, such as figures in spare interiors or repose. In many cases there are multiple studies of the same subject or space, as line and form is finessed.
This exhibition will coincide with our upcoming presentation of Bischoff’s figurative paintings at the ADAA Art Show, February 28 - March 2.