The human figure tells a story. Every corporeal form on this earth comes etched with that person’s past experiences, their pain, their joy, the subtle quirks and ways in which they carry themselves through the world. This doesn’t pertain to just physique, sex or gender expression—although these elements can greatly inform a person—but that of a childhood scar, a slouching gait, a tiny chip in your tooth from an accident that occurred decades ago or perhaps something chosen, like a tattoo.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the human body as an artist. I think between intensive ballet training as a child and developing serious chronic health issues as a young teenager, the body became something I was intensely aware of, not just as the vehicle in which I moved through life, but as an entity that carried its own stories,” says figurative artist Sarah Marie Lacy. While her realist paintings and portraits, rendered mainly in oil or pencil, capture the complexities of the figure on a physical level, the real power behind her art is her ability to capture the things we can’t see—the emotion and the soul. “The more time I’ve spent studying the human body through drawing and painting, the more I’ve become fascinated by how much of someone’s life gets written on their bodies: their skin, their bones, how they hold themselves. Every new person is like a new landscape to explore,” she says. “I prefer to work directly from life, but typically work with a combination of live models and reference photos.”
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Arden Gallery is looking to 2021 with hope and positivity with their January group show Floral Still Life, signifying unity and rebirth.
The World We Share
As 2021 arrives, RJD Gallery curated an exhibition that helps define inner feelings and the current times. The show, titled The World We Share, will feature artwork from artists such as Geoffrey Laurence, Julia Chen, Matt R. Martin, Salvatore Alessi, Margaret Bowland and Frank Oriti.
CINDY RIZZA - Recorded History
A pile of lovingly made and lovingly used quilts and afghans on a chair in the afternoon sun is a comforting sight. It might inspire remembrance of things past or the idea of curling up underneath one of them for a nap.
Scottsdale & VICINITY
While other states in the country prepare for their cold, winter months, Arizona comes alive with its dynamic, diverse art scene. It’s not all tumbleweeds and dusty earth but rather a burgeoning art destination from the small northern towns of Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona, to the larger cities of Phoenix, Tucson and Scottsdale.
Garvey|Simon in New York is a private dealer and art advisory service in New York. In 2016, it’s co-founder Elizabeth K. Garvey devised an innovative Review Program “to open a dialogue between artists and galleries, a practice that has long been anathema to gallery orthodoxy.”
MOMENTS IN TIME
COLLECTOR'S FOCUS STILL LIFES
Using the elements as his guide, Michael Scott examines the changing landscape in two exhibitions.
Engaging with the Arts
The 31st annual Celebration of Fine Art returns January 16 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
BETSY EBY Mystics
The American Quaker John Greenleaf Whittier wrote a poem about the Vedic practice of consuming a hallucinogenic drink in rituals. As a Quaker he advocated, rather, waiting for “the still small voice of calm.”
Learning to Fly, by Spanish sculptors Coderch & Malavia, depicts a boy leaning forward, poised on tiptoe, confident that his dream of flying will be realized by his wings of corrugated cardboard, bamboo and rope that will carry him above the trees and the sea.