Jack Tworkov

 

Works on paper

 1930–82
Untitled (Portrait of Florence) (c. 1930)
Charcoal on paper
19h x 25w in (48.3h x 63.5w cm)
Untitled (Portrait of Florence) (c. 1930)
Charcoal on paper
19h x 25w in (48.3h x 63.5w cm)
Untitled (Study for Harlem River Landscape) (c. 1932)
Pencil on paper
12.75h x 19w in (32.4h x 48.3w cm)
Untitled (Study for Harlem River Landscape) (c. 1932)
Pencil on paper
12.75h x 19w in (32.4h x 48.3w cm)
Untitled (Workman) (c. 1935)
Charcoal on paper
14.88h x 12.5w in (37.8h x 31.8w cm)
Untitled (Workman) (c. 1935)
Charcoal on paper
14.88h x 12.5w in (37.8h x 31.8w cm)
Untitled (Standing Woman) (c. 1946)
Watercolor and pencil on paper
19h x 12.63w in (48.3h x 32.1w cm)
Untitled (Standing Woman) (c. 1946)
Watercolor and pencil on paper
19h x 12.63w in (48.3h x 32.1w cm)
Untitled (Abstract Composition) (c. 1948)
Oil on paper
12.75h x 16w in (32.4h x 40.6w cm)
Untitled (Abstract Composition) (c. 1948)
Oil on paper
12.75h x 16w in (32.4h x 40.6w cm)
Untitled (c.1952)
Oil and pencil on paper
25.5h x 16w in (64.8h x 40.6w cm)
Untitled (c.1952)
Oil and pencil on paper
25.5h x 16w in (64.8h x 40.6w cm)
ACD #6 (1960)
Charcoal on paper
17.88h x 24w in (45.4h x 61w cm)
ACD #6 (1960)
Charcoal on paper
17.88h x 24w in (45.4h x 61w cm)
Untitled (Nightfall) (c.1960)
Gouache and ink on paper
9.94h x 12.88w in (25.2h x 32.7w cm)
Untitled (Nightfall) (c.1960)
Gouache and ink on paper
9.94h x 12.88w in (25.2h x 32.7w cm)
Colored Pencil #5 (1974)
Colored pencil on paper
18.25h x 23.75w in (46.4h x 60.3w cm)
Colored Pencil #5 (1974)
Colored pencil on paper
18.25h x 23.75w in (46.4h x 60.3w cm)
Colored Pencil #2 (Q1-74) (1974)
Colored pencil and graphite on paper
18.5h x 23.75w in (47h x 60.3w cm)
Colored Pencil #2 (Q1-74) (1974)
Colored pencil and graphite on paper
18.5h x 23.75w in (47h x 60.3w cm)
Untitled H (1981)
Colored pencil on vellum
13h x 22w in (33h x 55.9w cm)
Untitled H (1981)
Colored pencil on vellum
13h x 22w in (33h x 55.9w cm)
Expansion and Contraction of the Square (1982)
Graphite and colored pencil on vellum
12h x 30w in (30.5h x 76.2w cm)
Expansion and Contraction of the Square (1982)
Graphite and colored pencil on vellum
12h x 30w in (30.5h x 76.2w cm)

About this Series / Project

Jack Tworkov
Works on paper
1930–82

Tworkov created works on paper as a complement to his painting practice in diverse ways throughout his career. He first became interested in draftsmanship when he took a mechanical drawing class as a student at Stuyvesant High School, prompted by his teacher to enroll in an evening drawing class in 1919. As Tworkov explained, “Drawing was always important to me. I always had the highest opinion of drawing because of what you can do with the simplest possible medium. To reduce everything to a piece of paper and pencil I think is just marvelous; it is one of the highest forms of art.”

From 1942-45 Tworkov applied his skill as a draftsman to work as a tool designer for an engineering and defense company to aid the World War II effort. During these years, he experimented with automatism, a style of drawing derived from the unconscious. Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, he used his drawings as preparatory sketches for paintings, and often experimented with new concepts and methods of application in his works on paper.

As Tworkov gradually turned away from what he perceived as the enforced spontaneity of his 1950s work, he applied his interest in organizational and mathematical principles to his woks on paper. The evenness of mark-making possible in a drawing appealed to Tworkov’s interest in further flattening the space of two-dimensional surfaces. In the last years of his practice, he applied diagrammatic structures based on elementary geometry, such as the Fibonacci ratio 3:5:8, to the surface of the paper. He then filled the resulting delineations with horizontal rows of methodically repeated marks.

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