Wednesday, 2 February 2011

NUDE New Year


This post is a little late, but January turned out to be a surprisingly busy month. Just a week before the opening, I was discovered by the eternally enthusastic Drew at The Virginia Gallery and invited to submit some work to his second show entitled Nude. The show opening was a roaring success with a party going on into the wee hours (although I had to leave at 9) and I sold the painting above to a lovely lady owner of Organic Pleasures shop in Edinburgh. She said she was planning to hang the painting next to her grand piano, which I thought sounded terribly glamorous!
The painting above is called 'Canary yellow Fans' and is a portrait of the stunning Vendetta Vain performing her 'Sally Rand' fan dance. For thise of you who don't know, Sally Rand was a burlesque performer famous for her fan dances because under all those feathers, she was completely nude : no pasties, no thong, nothing!

The NUDE show has a mixture of sculpture, painting and the under-represented medium of photography. Particulalry inpisrational is the work of Jean-Marc Milliere who takes portraits of partially clad women in their own homes. I am also a fan of the bright figure paintings by Ivor Secton whose new paintings evoke the vintage world of funfair art.
I hung a few paintings from the recent Axolotl show as well as a cheeky new one of Dirty Martini from New York.
Catch the show over the next few weeks as it runs until 4th March 2011 and watch that artspace as I think there is going to be some really interesting happenings there.
The Virginia Gallery
45 Virginia Street (downstairs from Luke & Jack)
Glasgow G1 1TS, call 0141 552 5699

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