In life modelling classes the word 'nude' is never used, the correct and proper term is 'undraped'.
Gareth Ernst's work focusses on the intimate and fleeting. His sketches are photographs. They are rapid, urgent and complete. Once a line is made it is rarely unmade or corrected – the moment has passed.
His studies of the human form are uncompromising and direct. Gareth's work disrupts the tradition of idealising the naked male form, and instead uses it as a vehicle for exploring the themes of power, vulnerability, mortality and innocence. He often achieves this through unorthodox pop culture inclusions and juxtapositions – Darth Vader masks, stuffed Pokémon dolls and even mice dress his undraped figures. For his audience, these juxtapositions are destabilising and contradictory, creating tension with the erotic charge of the subject's exposure.
Gareth has completed his Fine Arts degree in Drawing (Honours) at the National Art School and is currently a Masters student at the National Art School specialising in Painting.