In Praise of David P

We wanted to thank David who is a LMS life model and WAA artist for his wonderful work with us over the years by making this special presentation.

Below is the article and photos that were published in the January 2021 Whitehorse Arts Association Newsletter plus some of my drawings of David from the WAA Life Drawing workshops. Sadly, David has motor neurone disease and is rapidly declining. Our love and best wishes go to David and his family.

David has been part of our WAA Thursday afternoon life drawing family for ever.

He brings with him into our midst love, light and laughter. Working on either side of the drawing board as our model, or as a fellow artist David’s pursuit of art is dedicated and serious.

As our model, David’s unique signature poses are often (not always) an intricate tangle of bony arms and legs almost impossible for us to decipher. (David confesses he often includes extra arms and legs to confuse us!) With his most wonderful “Old Testament prophet’s face”, bony body and expressive hands and feet, these poses are the utmost challenge to our abilities and are always a joy and delight and inspiration to us. The one problem with these poses is David is not free to do a drawing of himself!

As a fellow artist David draws with dedication and love. The notable qualities of his drawings are their sense of gesture and movement, and particularly the varied and sensitive line quality they display. His drawings contain mark making at its very best.

As a friend David, with his generosity of spirit, simply by being David enhances our Thursday afternoons, and transforms them into an extraordinary shared art experience.

There are no words that are high enough praise to honour our beloved David and express what he means to us. We know he has inspired dozens of other artists all around Melbourne for years and years, but we still believe he is ours.

Thank you David.

Rosemary Price, Coordinator, Whitehorse Arts Association.