Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts and Laurent Boudier, co-directors of the Draw Art Fair London for modern and contemporary drawings, gave an appealing platform to this gentle, uncommercial process at its first outing last weekend (Saatchi Gallery, May 17-19). "It's not just a side-projecet any more, drawing is now a real medium for artists," said Paris gallerist Odile Ouizeman, who brought striking, large-scale figurative works by the French artist Iris Levasseur (up to £7,000).
Shining through were older female practitioners who dedicated themselves to t heir art once the responsibilities of motherhood were behind them. These include Pippa Young, 60, who graduated in fine art seven years ago, and whose work at the booth of Edinburgh's Arusha Gallery sold to existing and new collectors (£950-£10,000). Gallerist Candida Stevens reported sales of works (£750-£2,900) by Irene Lees, who studied fine art in her sixties and is now 75.