The Will to Draw

The Will to Draw


The will to create is a deeply engrained part of the psyche, which transcends age, gender, and background. Bringing together over 100 found drawings by self-taught and unknown artists from the Jim Heimann Collection, the images in The Will to Draw affirm the unabashed motivation to make one's mark and offer a unique window into the lives of their creators.

"My eye has a gravitational pull towards images that are unique, unusual or display a sense of guilelessness and naïveté," notes Heimann. "And so, in the course of 40 years of collecting, mostly for book projects, I have instinctively sought out primitive drawings by unknown or anonymous artists. When digging through piles of paper at swap meets and flea markets, there are inevitably “aha” or “haha” moments when a stack of handmade drawings appear. What predicates their purchase is the simplicity of the drawing, the unintended humor, the lack of subtlety or sophistication and the implied sense that there was an unrepressed will to draw."

This volume is a companion to an exhibition held at Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books from April 26 to May 21, 2017.

Softcover, perfect bound, 120 pages, 8 x 10 inches

Co-published with Ampersand

April 2017

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