Glenn Priestley

Black Shoes, 1990

Glenn Priestley (Canadian, born 1955), Black Shoes, 1990, charcoal on nine sheets of paper, overall: 102 x 82 ½ in. Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, 1995.12.

“A work of dazzling ambition and subtlety…, Black Shoes shows Priestly as a figurative artist who has the rare, near mystical, capacity to conjure the figure as if from nothing, from empty shoes, and from the darkest range of tones which, when placed in combination, call forth a human presence from lugubrious shadows.”—Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Glenn Priestley: Variations, 2004.