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


Sarah Burns
(Phoenix, OR, USA)
Artist Website

Drew, Oil on Panel, 8x10

Beauty is truth, truth beauty.
-Keats

Life is this world is amazing and wonderful, yet fatally flawed. I believe that truly beautiful things allude to this and make you hurt just a tiny bit. This type of honesty in art is important because it helps us cope with the tragedy of our existence and it helps us avoid getting sucked into false ideals. My figurative work attempts to address this by simply being a accurate document of what I see and experience.

The practice of reproducing the nude figure is as old as time, and I'm just as driven to continue the study as anyone - I have regularly drawn and painted nudes for over 20 years, with little purpose other than to explore and study the human form. It's not glory filled or lucrative, nudes are hard for a lot of people to hang in their homes (especially male nudes) but I like catching the gesture, the character, the light, the weight, the color. I believe working from life is essential to capturing the vital essence of the person, and the experience. The painting or drawing is then a document, a time-based work. And despite the fact that it may be awkward when conservative relatives come to visit, I hope to create pieces that people want to live with.


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