British artist Ewan Gibbs has achieved international acclaim for his drawings that re-create photographic imagery. For this exhibition, Gibbs trained his expert eye on Arlington National Cemetery to create a series of 16 drawings after photographs he took while visiting the iconic site.

Since the early 1990s, Gibbs (born 1973) has used a unique pictorial language based on knitting and crochet patterns to transform photographs into drawings. First he makes a black-and-white copy of a photograph, and then he overlays a grid on the copy. Working from unit to unit (bottom to top, left to right), he transfers the imagery to another gridded sheet of paper by making marks approximating the tonal values. Gibbs created the Arlington series with “x” shaped marks in pencil. Over the last five years, his work has reflected a growing interest in U.S. subjects such as Arlington, America’s most celebrated military cemetery.

In addition to the drawings, this presentation includes 36 images from the MFAH photography collection by artists who have inspired Gibbs. Together, the drawings and photographs underscore Gibbs’s interest in visual perception, specifically the role the human eye plays in viewing and processing visual material. The accompanying book, Arlington National Cemetery: Drawings by Ewan Gibbsis available through The MFAH Shop.



This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Generous funding for this exhibition and its accompanying catalogue is provided by the following donors in memory of Barry Walker:

John Blackmon and John Roberson
Jeanne and Michael Klein
Lora Reynolds and Quincy Lee
Scurlock Foundation
Lynn Goode and Harrison Williams
Lea Weingarten
Kelty and Rogers Crain

Additional support is provided by:
Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman
Tassy and Mitch Beasley