This is the first time that we have featured an artist in a profile for a second time. However, we noted the ongoing work of his artist and thought the sketches of Matt Richardson represented a new expression and tone of creative expression. We think that new work of body positive nudes in nature classics reimagined deserves to be shared.
His new creativity brings a body positive eye towards naked black bodies in nature and an imaginative take on some classics with a transgender twist relevant to the times. Take a moment to read the intention behind these new pieces and then view the sketches of Matt Richardson in the galleries below. CFLMAG
Body positive nudes in nature
The first thing to mention is that a large majority all of my drawn art is inspired by my photography; they’re either drawn from photos I have taken, or from photo shoots I want to one day do. The water colors are based on photos I’ve taken (except for one based on @yournudemom with her permission), but set in an open field since I’ve always wanted to shoot portraits out in nature.
The other set is hard for me to put in words really, but it started with the concept of me being bothered that I rarely ever see transgender men and women in nonsexual art or photography (or nudism). Through some conversations with a friend, the idea of taking a famous piece of art and combining it with some cultural significance came to mind; this led to representing the subject in a different light. Included here is Lustitia (Justice), Libertas (Liberty), Veritas (Truth), Cupid, Atlas, and Michelangelo’s “David”.- MR
Brent Learned, a renowned Cheyenne/Arapaho artist who envisions Native American Body of Art as the start of a Native renaissance.
The visionary behind Native Pop organizes another indigenous art collective and traveling showcase, Native American Body of Art, inspiring nude art and potentially a native renaissance
“It’s 2017 and we’re doing the first nude Native exhibition. That’s kind of mind-boggling,” says Brent Learned, a renowned Cheyenne/Arapaho artist who envisions Native American Body of Art as the start of a Native renaissance. Learned, who organized the Native Pop collective, likewise inspired the Native American Body of Art movement and traveling exhibit.
Oh, The Humanities!: New research looks at why the nude never took hold in Canada â even as the artists behind them were celebrated in Europe
Staff at the Canadian National Exhibition of 1927 built a barrier around a painting of a naked woman to keep people at a distance, afraid that the art might provoke spectators to lash out, to touch it or “caress it.”
Toronto newspapers printed more than 100 letters to the editor both defending and lambasting the painting. But the most riled letter-writers saw it as part of the degradation of polite society — already teeming with “cigaret-smoking youth” in the street and women “flapping their sex before the eyes of man.”
NDSU student Emma Beatrez takes a different approach to her study of the human body through artwork: inverting the image.
First, Beatrez said, it was taking a very common aspect of art and changing it, making it something new.
“It’s such a normal thing in art to have portrayed,” she said, referencing her nudes’ rejections from art the shows. “The inspiration for (inverted nudes) was having the realistic form rejected for being nude. Solely for that reason. It was kind of frustrating, actually. I think at first, it was a rebellious type of action towards it. I think it’s more educational now than how I thought it might go.”
Having always been interested by the human form and the naked body in my artwork, I thought it necessary to share such an influential part of my inspiration. After recently realising that the only bodies I tend to replicate are those which look like my own, I have come to appreciate that I must focus on a range of genders, body types, styles and positions. This will allow me to fully understand the depths and complexity of the human body, but most importantly remind me of the beauty in its diversity. I create sketches with intent to put across the beauty of the human body, while aiming to combat the sexualisation which is constantly thrust upon it.
“The mysterious shadows of Rembrandt and the opalescent flesh of Vermeer combine in Enrique Toribio’s portraits of pain and loneliness played out on the naked male body.
‘In the pictures of ‘Knots’ the bodies intertwine while asking for help or simply protecting themselves from the shadows. The ‘Knots’ are an aesthetic exercise to bare the almost physical pain caused by loneliness, rejection and neglect. They are a naked plea, anonymous in most cases (i.e. faceless), to escape the shadow or vacuum which wraps the individual.” – Enrique Toribio
HAVE you ever walked through an art gallery and thought “this experience would be better if I could take my pants off”?
If so, the Sydney Festival is answering your prayers.
For one night only, members of the public can take part in a special nudists-only performance of Sydney Dance Company’s Nude Live at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The show is part of the gallery’s major summer exhibition, Nude: art from the Tate collection.
“With highly physical and emotionally charged choreography by Rafael Bonachela, dancers respond to paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Henri Matisse and Louise Bourgeois,” says the press release.
Normally I hate “suggestions” from social media platforms. We all know how it goes: you “like” one person’s post about a sandwich and suddenly you’re flooded with suggestions to follow McDonald’s, Wendy’s and all things pickles.
This time, though, I was grateful to Tumblr for introducing me to Laura Berger, artist. In an interview from a few years ago, Hypertext Magazine wrote this, which perfectly articulates why I was captivated by her work:
“Working with gouache and acrylic, her work is focused on exploring connections to ourselves and each other, and the idea of finding novelty and adventure in everyday life. She’s interested in rituals, the quest for self-development, and how we piece it all together to create personal meaning and a sense of belonging to the greater whole.” – Hypertext Magazine
I love the feeling of community and togetherness, especially when expressed as women holding each other up. That is such a powerful message for us.
I also love seeing such a wide array of depictions from different women artists the more I browse or go out. There are so many different styles, voices, messages and invitations to simply experience the work. I love our voices. Our many exquisitely diverse voices.