Wednesday, May 29, 2013

intimacy oversized.


I was google image searching  recently and fell upon one of the paintings of Joan Semmel - I immediately was drawn in and went to see more. Joan's more recent works are very intimate paintings that zoom in on our sensuality, sexuality and as she titled one work Secret Spaces.

I love the courage in this work, the overt sex combined with the beauty of the painting skill and technique.

Often she plays with color int he skin tones in a very interesting way that lets you see past just what is in front of you and look into the meaning, love and desire of it.

Sometimes she treats the body almost like an abstract landscape which results in lovely work. But my favorite ones are definitely the most intimate moments portrayed.

Joan has a long career as a painter with many wonderful series so check her other work out here.

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