Powerful male nude wearing mask on yellow ground with text

 

Venezia. 2018.

Oil on canvas. 190x120cm

This expressionist, powerful masked figure on yellow ground highlights my interest in games of concealment and exposure. The figure is nude, but the mask offers much erotic speculation and narratives. The title 'Venezia' sets the plot at a specific time of the year, when Venice is animated by the Carnival. As the text follows the line of the figure's left shoulder, it blurs the boundaries between language and painting.

The work evolved over a couple of years. This allowed for erasures and about turns, creating surface interest as well as looking at the relationship between line and colour, or painting and drawing.  Mine is an attempt to re animate, with traditional material, the idea of the nude and make it interesting to our media saturated gaze.

 

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