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The Naked Image features a selection of sketches and finished works from members of the Liverpool Art Society Life Drawing Group, giving visitors the chance to peek behind the scenes and see the process, experiments and raw talent of local artists.

Life Drawing is a foundational skill for any artist. It involves sketching a figure in any medium, from real life. The drawings are often made of a human model, partially clothed or nude, who moves through poses to capture different postures and expressions. Many artists prefer to draw from life to better see and interpret the spirit, movement, tone and detail of their subject.

The Liverpool Art Society Life Drawing Group has been operating for almost 20 years with the support of Casula Powerhouse. The group meets here on Tuesdays and Sundays and has a diverse group of ages, cultural backgrounds and approaches to drawing. The works selected for this exhibition illustrate the format of the class, from quick one and five minute sketches through to longer-form sketches and work finessed at home.

Martin Klapka, Reclining Female Nude, 2017 (detail). Watercolour on watercolour paper. Courtesy of the artist