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Gary Embury
‘Bike Project drawings’

Drawing has always been at the heart of my work. I have Increasingly become interested in drawing on location, enjoying the immediacy and unmediated clarity of the spontaneous mark. I am currently working on an on-going project at the Bristol Bike project.

This work in progress investigates the diverse range of activities and people the bike project attracts, ranging from minority groups, asylum seekers and the homeless. The experience of drawing on location is fundamental to my practice within reportage and engagement and dialogue with the individuals involved.

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Drawing on site, the integrity and freshness of the original sketch is retained, there is a heightened sense of exploration and discovery in the mark making. Drawing through three-dimensional space the line possesses an autonomous quality, at times unfinished and incomplete. Re-draws or an attempt to mediate or beautify the image only ends up developing into a mannered, contrived, or over worked style.


The spontaneity of the original mark however rough or incomplete retains a first vision integrity and quality.

Gary Embury 2012

Gary Embury
Gary Embury is a senior lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol and an illustrator with over 20 years experience. Clients include The Guardian, Telegraph, Radio Times, Aardman animation, BBC, B.T. Barclays, The Economist, New Scientist, The Sunday Times review, Sunday Times Magazine, Microsoft, Penguin Books, Macmillan, and many other advertising, editorial and publishing clients. Awarded Gold, in Images 30, The Best of British Contemporary Illustration 2006 and took part in a discussion on Radio 4’s Front Row programme hosted by Kirsty Lang on the future of illustration in the digital age. His work has been published in many illustration books and annuals and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in group and one man shows. He was selected as one of the jurors Judging the international 3X3 Illustration awards in 2009

He is currently interested in documentary illustration, reportage and issue based visual essay, and is involved in an on going reportage drawing project based at the Bristol bike project. He is editor of reportager.org which showcases and initiates projects in the area of drawn reportage. The website is an editorial space for reportage projects and a virtual space and forum for the dissemination of projects and good practice in the area of reportage and visual essay.

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