Ewan GibbsWindow 1999

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Artist
Ewan Gibbs (born 1973)
Title
Window
Date 1999
MediumInk on paper
Dimensionssupport: 419 x 297 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art (Special Purchase Fund) through the Tate Gallery Foundation 2000
Reference
T07598
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Presented by the Patrons of New Art (Special Purchase Fund) through the Tate Gallery Foundation 2000
T07598

Gibbs makes drawings based on photographs using black ink on graph paper. Every square of the graph's grid is filled with a symbol of varying tone. The tonal differences follow the shades of light and dark in the photograph and result in the abstracted representation of a scene. Gibbs's symbols were originally inspired by knitting and crochet patterns. Since he graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1996 he has been developing his personal range of simple forms. These include diagonal lines, crosses and, in Window and Wall (Tate T07597), circles with or without a dot in the centre. A spectrum of tones is created by using thicker and thinner nibbed pens and applying more or less pressure. The forms and compositions are becoming progressively simpler. Earlier drawings were made up of a combination of different symbols… (read more)

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