• Hyperdrawing = noun (a drawing)
  • Hyperdrawing = abstract noun (concept i.e. both noun and verb)
  • hyperdrawing = verb (drawing)
  • Hyperdrawing = Sawdon, Phil and Marshall, Russell (2012), Hyperdrawing: beyond the lines of contemporary art. TRACEY, London: IBTauris.
  • [Hyper]drawing = research project by Marshall and Sawdon
  • [Hyper]drawing = concatenation of Hyper and drawing to allow interpreation as both and one
  • [hyper]drawing = concatenation of hyper and drawing to allow interpreation as both and one

[Hyper]drawing 2007-

[Hyper]drawing emerges from the curation of the book Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art published by I.B. Tauris in 2007.Drawing Now developed a consideration of drawing’s peculiar dependence on a direct and physical process — the relationship between the hand, the drawing material and the paper. The book is founded on the premise that drawing thinks/talks in a particular way.


Drawing Now curated works, within the context of contemporary fine art practice, as an ongoing process focused on traditional drawing materials used in a manner to convey drawing as a conceptual process. TRACEY worked with the assumption that drawing is most often thought of as certain materials on particular types of support to produce a representational outcome. This context established a remit or boundary for Drawing Now that supported TRACEY’s curatorial approach. Following the drawing of this disciplinary boundary, the consequence of adopting a particular material approach indicated the presence of a boundary within a boundary, a sub-boundary?


In exploring beyond these boundaries, TRACEY’s Phil Sawdon and Russ Marshall appropriated the expression ‘Hyperdrawing’ (noun) and ‘hyperdrawing’ (verb) with an understanding that the prefixes sub and supra provided an articulate way of identifying and structuring drawing territory.  Some of this exploration is documented in the paper Drawing: an ambiguous practice, presented at the AAH conference, Manchester, 2009.

The project is further explored in Hyperdrawing: beyond the lines of contemporary art, published by I.B. Tauris in 2012.


Drawing Ambiguity: Beside the Lines of Contemporary Art the final book in the series, published by I.B. Tauris in 2015, progresses a position seeded within Hyperdrawing.

Hyperdrawing as an ambiguous practice presents the prospect that a lack of a definition, a position of ambiguity, is desirable within contemporary fine art drawing practice. Toward [hyper] drawing… through ambiguity an article published in the Journal of Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice in 2017 moved beyond that prospect by proposing that a position of ambiguity (a lack of definition), is desirable and that a lack of definition is not only desirable, it is also a necessity and has the capacity to enable and sustain drawing practices.

a position of ambiguity...

Marshall and Sawdon, 2018


[Hyper]drawing is a research project.

Hyperdrawing is an opportunity for [fine art] drawing practice.

This Research Catalogue exposition documents ongoing research into Hyperdrawing: Hyperdrawing is an ambiguous practice. Hyperdrawing adopts a position, a perspective or viewpoint, that a lack of definition should be embraced and that ambiguity presents an opportunity. Hyperdrawing has the capacity to enable and sustain drawing practices.

Hyperdrawing is an ambiguous practice.


Because Hyperdrawing can’t be defined?

Why can’t Hyperdrawing be defined?

Because the definition would be ambiguous.


Marshall and Sawdon, 2015

Towards [hyper] drawing...through ambiguity

Marshall and Sawdon, 2018