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ARTIST AMANDINE URRUTY CREATES HUGE CHARCOAL DRAWINGS FROM HER BED

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Amandine Urruty never intended to forge a career as an artist. “My parents were not interested in visual arts at all, we only had a Salvador Dali poster in our toilet,” she laughs. “I always thought it would be too risky to become an artist, too difficult, and I had no idea of what I needed to do to make a living out of it. As we lived in a very rural place [in south west France], no museums, no galleries, only ducks, cows, and sunflowers, the art world remained a mystery for years. I wanted to become an art teacher, and began to study art at the University in Toulouse. I stayed for eight long years there, and finally abandoned my doctorate as soon as I had my first illustration and gallery show proposals.”
Now based in Paris and living as an artist full-time, Amandine Urruty works for between ten and twelve hours a day, often until 3 or 4am, on astoundingly detailed drawings in charcoal which span more over 1.5 metres in height and width. A 130cm x 160cm drawing takes Amandine around a month to complete, “or 350 hours”, she explains. Rather than working from a studio, Amandine makes her drawings from an unusual, informal workstation. “Working on my bed is a very old and bad habit I’ve always had,” she says. “I can’t work on a table, or on an easel. Impossible! I feel bad, uncomfortable, and my productivity dramatically drops. I use pillows and blankets as a way to raise a wooden plaque, and that is my support. I work sitting cross-legged, in pyjamas. It can be sometimes a bit ridiculous, as I also work on very big drawings on my bed, but as every challenge has a solution, I cut these big drawings into several parts, and reassemble them in the frames. For example I’m working on a three-metre triptych right now, but I divided it into four parts so it can fit my workspace.”


Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

Artist Amandine Urruty Creates Huge, Highly Detailed Charcoal Drawings From Her Bed

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