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Male Nudes: Life Drawing Class

April 11, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

11 April 2013, 6-8.30pm, Drawing Room

Due to popular demand, the event held on the 21st of March is being repeated on the 11th. Our excellent model is back for a second time, this time with some sitting poses included. The class will be limited to 20 places…so book early!

Designed for both beginners and more seasoned artists this fun class will be taught by experienced artist and tutor Zarahn Southon and will be a great opportunity to improve on life drawing skills. Beginning with a demonstration, students will explore their chosen medium of pencil or charcoal with an emphasis on gesture and structure, in a relaxed and social environment.

Price: $45 + materials. This price includes refreshments, including a glass of wine per person.
A basic materials list will be provided at time of booking. A maximum of 20 places are available. Please call Reception on 639 2010 extension 0 to book your place.

“Gripping emotion and the excellence of Southon’s technique… establishes Southon as a gifted, independently minded artist. He is set to find his place as New Zealand’s counterpart of Lucian Freud.” – T.J. McNamara, Art between a rock and a soft place, The NZ Herald, June 2002.

Zarahn Southon is an Auckland-based painter and life drawing lecturer at AUT University’s school of Art and Design. Southon explores allegorical themes, portraiture and still life within his personal take on Dutch genre painting and the ‘Grand Manner’. Traditional in his painterly approach, his works recall the technique and compositions of the Italian High Renaissance masters. Also apparent are references to contemporary Classical Realism, Restructured Realism and 19th century Romanticism.

On completion of a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology in 1998 Southon held several solo shows, and in 2005 a Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award funded a trip to Florence to study at the Angel Academy of Art. In 2007 he was awarded a further scholarship from the classical art school Studio Escalier, in the Loire Valley. He then furthered his studies in San Francisco with Ted Seth Jacobs, a senior lecturer at Studio Escalier and a pioneer of Restructured Realism. Southon regards these periods of study in Italy, France and the USA as highly influential on his current practice.

Southon has exhibited regularly at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington. Southon’s works are held in many public and private collections, including the Auckland Council Collection and the James Wallace Arts Trust Collection.


April 11, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm