PATRICK "RICK" KELLER

 

My very first art class at Illinois State University was beginning drawing “Basic Figure Drawing 101.” It was the beginning, the “Alpha” if you will.

 

In order to paint well, one should practice drawing and in order to draw well, one should study the figure. Everything geometric lies in the figure. Plains, cylinders, circles—all are included in the human body.

 

I believe that we make art to stay in touch with our humanity. If that is the case, then figures are the most human of subjects, and to my mind the greatest paintings involve the figure or lessons that are learned by drawing the figure. That being said, I will always draw the figure and without getting dramatic or religious it would seem that from the beginning to the end, figures are the Alpha and the Omega. 

 

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