I would like to further extend my thank you for your reply, it was absolutely perfect. In fact all the artist's you've mentioned Ive been studying in my course for the past few months. Especially looking at Saville, Freud, Schiele and additionally to Michelangelo and Da Vinci. I really enjoy your art work and thank you for the link to your website. I have one last question even though you sort of mentioned this in your previous post- How do you, as an artist, define beauty of the human form?
It’s no problem, I’m just very flattered that my work is appreciated.
That’s a good question I haven’t really been asked before. For me artistic beauty is very different from admiration or attractiveness. There are so many different kinds of beauty for different contexts, at least in my perception of the world.
As far as art, it becomes a much wider scope of beauty incorporating shapes and shadows and form and pose much more than ideals and attractiveness. I don’t enjoy drawing “pretty”. It’s mainly about a pose which I perceive as telling about a persons emotional self or their private self. Not so much an intimate moment but more a hint of something they might not be aware of but is genuinely them. I know it’s a really old school idea and I’ve read a lot of critics shoot the “capturing the inner life” idea down but I am more drawn to that than conceptual art. Beauty in art for me is the real rawness and emotional awareness we have of the subject. Aesthetically, it’s shapes of bone and flesh and light and dark.
I hope this helps. It’s really a bit of a snake eating it’s own tail kind of thing sometimes. You can go round and round and round as if it’s an intellectual exercise and never find an end answer.
Feel free to ask anything else.