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VIDEO: Lucian Freud inspired life-drawing workshop SPECIAL EVENT @ Art Gallery of WA

Updated: Mar 2, 2022


Charcoal and Champagne are delighted to have partnered with the Art Gallery of Western Australia and their recent exhibition In the Studio: Rose Boys and Lucian Freud with a special life-drawing experience featuring curator Dunja Rmandić along with creativity coach and artist Aneta Wnek, designed to taking you on a journey of exploration and shifting of mindset inspired by the fascinating Lucian Freud and his art.

As guests arrived they were treated to drinks and decadent nibbles which they enjoyed as Dunja Rmandić, AGWA Associate Curator Projects discussed the A list artwork Naked man with rat by Lucian Freud, and the series of newly acquired black and white photographs by Rose Boyt, providing an intimate window into the life and studio of Freud and his painting process.

Guests then joined an interactive workshop where Aneta Wnek took them through a special life-drawing experience whilst drawing inspiration from Lucian Freud’s own philosophies, exploring their own creative styles and shifting of mindset designed to encourage their own creative practice.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came along and joined us at this fabulous event and took on Aneta's creative challenges.

I hope you enjoy this little snapshot from the evening which was a real treat for all, especially as this was the first time such a workshop was held within an actual exhibition space at the Gallery.

Adults with all levels of experience were welcome. A male life-model was present for the drawing class.

Portrait of Lucian Freud

In the studio: Rose Boyt and Lucian Freud

Elusive and camera-shy, Lucian Freud rarely allowed himself to be photographed. While working on Naked man with rat 1977-78 he commissioned a young Rose Boyt, one of his fourteen acknowledged children, to capture a series of moments in the studio.

Freud’s fascination with the unmediated, vulnerable and objectively seen human body led to a practice where sessions would last for months with a pose or a prop adding an element of awkwardness, thus bringing out a rawness in the sitter that Freud was after.

Wild and sassy, Boyt forged a relationship with her father the same way as his other children, who had to get used to his unconventional parenting style. He painted many of them, including Boyt, whose unfinished portrait appears in the background of her photographs. The power dynamic between the three protagonists comes into focus in these images and they capture Boyt’s agency as a daughter, a sitter and a photographer in her own right.


Girl with a White Dog by Lucian Freud, 1951–1952, Tate Gallery. Portrait of Freud's first wife, Kitty Garman


Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Art Gallery of Western Australia


*please note proof of double vaccination required



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