Drawing from Life: Ed Watkins
January 15, 2022 - April 10, 2022Graphics Gallery
For almost 40 years, Flint native Ed Watkins has taught visual arts and design, which emphasizes the importance of observational skills practiced in life drawing classes. For Watkins, however, “drawing from life” is not just a necessary technical skill but is how he defines his practice, using his personal observations and life experiences to guide what he creates. This exhibition includes drawing and mixed media artworks that are inspired by the artist’s African American experience, exemplifying moments of reflection, celebration, healing, and despair. According to Watkins, “While some Black artists desire to be referred to simply as an artist, I have always desired to make my Black experience the center of my practice as a fine artist.”
Ed Watkins received his Bachelor and Master in Education degrees from Bowling Green State University. Watkins is a retired adjunct instructor at Mott Community College, having taught classes in visual arts and design.