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March 5, 2019

Woodward drawing exhibit opening at D.C. gallery

Benton Circus, 1962, ink on paper, will be among William Woodward’s drawings in the 60-year retrospective exhibit.
William Woodward
A five-week exhibit of Fauquier artist William Woodward’s drawings will open Saturday at the Addison/Ripley Fine Art gallery in Washington, D.C.

“Master Drawings: 1958-2018” will include a broad selection of Mr. Woodward’s drawings in ink and wash.

“Some of my drawings are studies for paintings, while others were done for the sheer pleasure of drawing for its own sake,” said the artist, who lives near Orlean. “I use all three classical methods of the great masters: Contour, Gesture and Chiaroscuro (or light and shade drawings). And I work without preference in all media: pen and ink, pencil, charcoal and brush.”

The drawings include quiet landscapes and seascapes, explosive polo matches, quaint architecture and classical and expressionistic figures.

A prolific painter, who often creates sweeping murals, Mr. Woodward served more than 30 years as director of George Washington University’s MFA program in studio arts. The recipient of multiple awards and commissions, his works have been acquired by museums, as well as scores of corporate, public and private collections.

The new exhibit will open with a reception for the artist from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and will run through Saturday, April 13.

The gallery is at 1670 Wisconsin Ave. at the intersection with Reservoir Road.
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