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In the Gallery: Tara Shukla's Bone Drawings
Posted 08/10/2018 03:45PM

The SAS Gallery at St. Andrew's-Sewanee School will open the 2018-19 gallery season with sublime, highly-detailed drawings of Tara Shukla. Shukla's Bone Drawings will be in the SAS Gallery August 15 – September 21, with a public artist's reception Thursday, August 30, 3-6 p.m.

Shukla's recent drawings of bones are based on specimens borrowed from the Grinnell College Biology Department and are inspired by traditions of trompe l'oeil painting, natural history, and scientific illustration.

"Like those forms of imagery, bones are a kind of permanent record – they last beyond death - and symbolize underlying truth."

- Tara Shukla

Shukla's work was recently part of the exhibition, "Making Life Visible: Art, Biology and Visualization" at Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery. Her larger-than-life bone drawings have been described as "... intricate and life-like ... with delicate yet forceful detail." (Drawing and Conversation with Tara Shukla, Zoe Fruchter in The Scarlet & Black, April 29, 2018)

Shukla was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She holds a BFA from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) an MFA from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) and a certificate in Digital Media from Digital Media Studios in Toronto. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the United States and is held in public and private collections in the U.S, Canada and Europe. She has taught drawing, painting, graphic design and art appreciation in art schools, museums and colleges.

In conjunction with the SAS exhibit, Shukla will offer a one-day public drawing workshop, Nature Close Up: Drawing Natural Forms from Observation, on Saturday, September 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The workshop will begin with exercises to develop observational skills and build to a more sustained drawing. Elements of drawing from line to form, value, and texture will be explored, emphasizing the detailed charcoal technique visible in Shukla's drawings. The workshop also will look at the work of diverse artists who have drawn and interpreted nature using a range of drawing styles from expressive to botanically accurate. For more information, contact Gallery Director Julie Jones or register here.

SAS Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and by appointment. Contact Jones at for more information.

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