“Continuum – The Art of Daniel Graves”, a solo exhibition held at The Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in February 2019, reflected the story of my life: my deeply felt connection to Florence and the artistic traditions that have been upheld here for so many centuries.
The story of "Prodigy" - A young prodigy assists in the construction of a 21st century monument to humanity. She presents her drawing, a phoenix, the symbol of rebirth, to a studio of master artists. They turn to acknowledge the accomplished drawing of the student. This moment is chosen to illustrate the “continuum,” the passing of knowledge from master to student.
Below are a series of preparatory drawings that were displayed at the "Continuum" exhibition along with pictures from opening night. My goal is to show, step-by-step, how the process of painting a large, multi-figure mural is done.