Saturday, May 10, 2008

Inspiration of the Day? John Currin

I have always been fascinated by John Currin's work. He balances imagery of contemporary women and classically painted women, and is very technically talented painters. Here is one of his pieces--where, like most of his work, he makes a point to over emphasize the sexual nature of his subject by giving her Barbie like proportions. His recent work is even more sexually explicit--he is taking inspiration from Internet porn and then painting it with a classic aesthetic. You can Google his name and see some of the work (I am not posting it because I am not really inspired by it--I think that slapping a viewer in the face with the sexual theme distracts from the imagery).

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