The Nude in the 21st Century

James Archer



Andy Beck



Alexandra Becker-Black



Joseph Besch



Mike Binzer



Susan Boehm



Sarah Burns



Reed Clarke



Don Copper



Robert Creighton



Angela Cunningham



Angela Cunningham



Seth Daulton



Seth Daulton



Evan Degenfelder



Rachel Foster



Graehound



Alison Harris



Larissa Hauck



Annie Heisey



Sabrina Hughes



Michael Kelly



Elizabeth Kendall



Patrick Kernan



Patrick Kernan



Junsoo Kim



Junsoo Kim



Cynthia Lahti



Cynthia Lahti



Cathy Locke



V.E. Long



V.E. Long



Mary Mahoney



Mary Mahoney



Andrea Moni



Kathryn Nussdorf



Colin Poole



Gail Postal



Gail Postal



Nick Reszetar



Ben Rosenberg



Ben Rosenberg



Robert Rosenthal



Robert Rosenthal



Bethany Rowland



Steven Rushefsky



Soo Ock Ryu



Dixie Salazar



Deborah Shapiro



Deborah Shapiro



Gregory Siler



Ellen Soderquist



Ellen Soderquist



Jon Sours



Tovah Stevenson



Lisa Taylor



Georganne Watters


Joseph Besch
(Portland, OR USA)
Artist Website

Ariel on Marble , Oil on Panel , 20x10

It's hard to describe, but paint has always felt like flesh to me. While painting from life, I am

searching out a way to relate this sensation with the subject I'm painting. With figurative work,

this connection is obvious, but with a still life composition, I use substitutes. Fabric is one that

I come back to often. actually fabric has 2 meanings in my work; flesh, also as a reference to

the cotton fabric that I'm painting directly onto( the canvas itself). This reference really gets to

the heart of my philosophy of painting; I have trouble as I create art, thinking of it as a story

telling device as it always has been. Today, television, film, music, etc are better equipped for

that kind of thing. Painting shouldn't really be about anything like that. I don't want to paint

scenes or objects that people will relate to, I want the painting to speak about being a painting,

not a picture of fruit for example. People aren't used to looking at art in this way, especially

with work that is not abstract in nature. Studying a composition, I am often more influenced by

a more cluttered way abstract expressionists constructed their pieces than traditional still life or

figurative painters have. Really, what I want to do is have more of a marriage of these separate

styles.


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