William Woodward: Master Drawings: 1958 – 2018
March 9 – April 13, 2019 · Addison/Ripley Fine Art
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5:30pm and by appointment
1670 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007 | Telephone: (202) 338-5180 | Website
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9th 5 – 7 pm
With great pleasure Addison/Ripley Fine Art presents a curated exhibition of Master Drawings by long time Washington virtuoso artist, teacher and raconteur William Woodward.
“Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter’s identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing.”Fernando Botero
This exhibit will include a bountiful selection of drawings, culled from a lifetime of mark making. These drawings, in ink and wash, are broad in their reach of style and subject. Whimsy, close observation and grand, even theatrical renderings abound. Quiet land and sea scapes, explosive polo matches, quaint architecture and classical and expressionistic figures are among the subjects of these works. Drawing, as practiced by Willam Woodward, is as inescapably honest and as fundamentally revealing of the artist’s skill and judgement as it is crucial to its inherent readily discernible quality. Woodward excels here, producing drawing both humble and sumptuous. Whether the subject is stand of trees or the center ring of a circus, Woodward’s touch is precise, certain and infused with the confident air that only a lifetime of making art can bring.
As the artist puts it:
“Some of my drawings are studies for paintings, while others were done for the sheer pleasure of drawing for its own sake. I use all three classical methods of the great masters: Contour, Gesture, and Chiaroscuro (or light and shade drawings.) And I work without preference in all media: pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and brush.”William Woodward
Without a doubt, on view here at Addison/Ripley is a sampling of the “sheer pleasure” the artist takes in his work.
From winning the invitational award for design of the U.S. silver dollar in 1989 to a First Prize at the 49th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at the Four Arts Museum in Palm beach, Florida in 1995, to lecturing at the National Gallery of Art, teaching at distinguished schools and universities, and receiving commissions for large murals in such public venues as Sarasota, Florida, Charlottesville, Virginia and Leesburg, Virginia, Woodward has been acclaimed as a teacher, an academic, a public speaker and a dedicated, world renowned artist. His most recent museum exhibition, “The Seven Deadly Sins: A Comedy”, at the Katzen Museum at American University in Washington, DC was an allegorical and aesthetic tour de force.
For more information about the artist and his work, including work not seen in this exhibition, images from the exhibition or to schedule an appointment to view the work, please call Ms. Romy Silverstein at 202-338-5180.
Please click here to open a short form printable PDF invitation for Master Drawings.
Watch an interview with Woodward about his techniques and work in the Press section.
William Woodward’s Murals (Details forthcoming)
November 9 – December 15, 2019 · American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016 | Website
Legacy: William Woodward and Students, 1977-2005
October 5 – 27, 2018 · Arts Club of Washington · About the Exhibition
Arts Club of Washington · 2017 I (Eye) Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Opening Reception: Friday, October 5th 6:30 – 8:30pm
William Woodward’s Lecture The Nature of Style: Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30pm
Professor Woodward (Emeritus, Fine Arts) taught for more than 35 years in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at George Washington University. This exhibition honors his legacy with GW graduates and their work reflecting the teaching philosophy espoused by Professor Woodward.
-Curator: Lenore Miller
Director, University Art Galleries and Chief Curator,
The George Washington University
Dean Taylor Drewyer
Sharon Martens Ksander
Marguerite M. McCarth
Mary Anne Warner
The Seven Deadly Sins: A Comedy Oil Paintings and Master Drawings, 1994-2014
September 5 – December 17, 2017 · American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Katzen Arts Center Website · 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
For the past two decades, William Woodward has delved into the rich history and aesthetic possibilities of the seven deadly sins. The master drawings and narrative paintings in this exhibition owe a great deal to the films of Federico Fellini, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton the com media dell’arte tradition. The artist tries to imagine, had these directors and actors been painters, how they might have depicted their subjects in whimsical and elusive ways rather than strident and explicit interpretations. In creating The Seven Deadly Sins Woodward is not preaching about sin. Rather, he wanted to paint pictures that no one, including himself, had ever seen before.
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