Robert Longo has been a proponent of charcoal drawing for decades and was part of the underground art scene in New York during the 70s. Though he studied sculpture he always prefered drawing and his formal training has informed his practice ever since. The three dimensional qualities of his work pervading all his drawings over the last 30 or so years.
They’re pretty incredible drawings and even better when you see their actual size. Just to give you an idea of his subject matter I thought I’d include some examples from a range of series he’s completed over the last 30 years such as the explosive drawings of atomic bomb blasts from the ‘The Sickness of Reason’, massive breaking waves from ‘Monsters’, businessmen in suits from ‘Men in the Cities’, a great white shark from ‘Perfect Gods’, beautiful forest light from ‘The Mysteries’ and wonderfully rendered furniture from ‘The Freud Cycle’.
On an aside, a piece of useless information, his work from the “Men in Cities” series is prominently displayed in the apartment of Patrick Bateman in the film ‘American Psycho’.
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