James Steventon Artist | Writer | Runner

October 2015

Ancient & modern:
the myths & reality of drawing

Legend has it that the ancient Greeks Zeuxis and Parrhasius once held a competition to establish who was the better painter. Zeuxis unveiled a painting of grapes so realistic that the birds flew down to peck at them. Zeuxis, keen to reveal Parrhasius’ painting, grasped at the curtain, not realising that it too was a painted illusion. The story offers us a means to navigate this year’s Jerwood Drawing Prize.

James Steventon Artist | Writer | Runner

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