Ger­ald’s body of work

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - KEA­GAN EL­DER

NAKED peo­ple will be the fo­cal point of a shopfront in Flin­ders St over the next few weeks.

It is all part of a new art project, or­gan­ised by Ger­ald Soworka, “to get peo­ple around and funk Townsville up a lit­tle bit”.

Mr Soworka said he be­lieved Townsville’s art scene had hit rock bot­tom af­ter James Cook Univer­sity axed its Bach­e­lor of Cre­ative Me­dia de­gree and hoped “Naked Fri­days” life draw­ing classes at Tonoir’s Espresso Bar would trig­ger a re­nais­sance.

“There’s a big tra­di­tion in the nude in art. Every­one knows when it doesn’t work, there’s no bet­ter sub­ject,” Mr Soworka said.

“It’s just the best thing, peo­ple are in­ter­ested in it.”

He en­vis­aged Naked Fri­days, start­ing on Oc­to­ber 20, would fea­ture two mod­els pos­ing be­hind the two large win­dows in the con­verted cre­ative space si­t­u­ated next to the Great North­ern Ho­tel.

“We’ll have a big range of bod­ies,” he said.

Mr Soworka, orig­i­nally from New South Wales, moved to Townsville in 2001 af­ter he in­jured his back and found the warmer cli­mate eased the pain he suf­fered dur­ing win­ter.

He said he had posed as a nude model and so many peo­pled wanted to do it.

“Some peo­ple are hugely ner­vous but they get used to it,” he said. “It’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence to do. We re­alised how much ten­sion we’re hold­ing in our bod­ies.”

Mr Soworka said there would be ba­sic art ma­te­ri­als sup­plied for any­one will­ing to sketch or paint peo­ple in their sim­plest form.

Naked Fri­days would take place be­tween 5- 7pm and con­tinue un­til Novem­ber 9.

Mr Soworka, 58, this week put up his lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion Toy Sto­ries: There’s Still Life at the cof­fee shop.

He said a friend gave him old toys from his gen­er­a­tion, which he sketched along with nude por­traits in an ex­am­i­na­tion of peo­ple grow­ing old.

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

RAW TAL­ENT: Artist Ger­ald Soworka is pro­mot­ing Naked Fri­days life draw­ing classes.

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