Monday, October 13, 2008

Artist of the Week - Sylvia Sleigh

Lawrence and Betty Parsons at Horton’sPoint
1963




Crossing


Sylvia Sleigh
contemporary realist
born 1916
Wales

As a young woman in the 1940s, Sleigh remembers being told at art school, "You have no talent. You're just here to waste time until you get married." more


12 comments:

  1. In my terrible ignorance, I've not come across her work before (which is shocking as she comes from Wales!). Thanks for the intro.

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  2. Hi, Bear
    It looks like I'm responding to your comment in "real time", which is very cool.

    Honestly, I just discovered her work online yesterday. Had never heard of her before. Great nudes. I'll be posting some more in the future.

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  3. Heh-heh: in the Male Nudes painting, doesn't the pot-bellied guy look like the Sultan, w/ his pretty-boy harem? ;-/

    The bottom pic looks like "Womyn's Consciousness-Raising Group, circa 1975"! :-)

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  4. The nude men is called Turkish Bath. And all the women is A.I.R. Group Portrait, 1977. You weren't far off.

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  5. I'd never seen her work either so thanks for the introduction.

    Back in those days nursing students were told the same thing about being well placed to marry doctors. It was also assumed that all college women were on campus to find successful young men as marriage partners. How times have changed.

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  6. I've never seen these before. They are very, very cool. Thanks for the introduction!

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  7. Beautiful stuff! I liked the last one best for some reason.

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  8. Never heard of her before. But I love these paintings. And I "recognize" every woman in the last picture. Know them all.

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  9. Bobbie: I wonder if that's why CR likes it too! ;-) I think it's my favorite of the ones I've posted. I love the array of real women depicted. I love the nudes, too. She painted mostly men.

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  10. Gina, you did know that MadPriest posted the nudes, here?

    [Crediting you, but not me for bringing it to his attention! >;-/]

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  11. I think my favorite thing is the parity and balance this brings to the art scene. So many men painting nude women (beautifully - no complaints) - where are the men painting men, women painting women, and women painting men? All are under-represented. And my first thought, like jcf, was that the Turkish Bath painting looked like a harem. 'Bout time.

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  12. jcf: Thanks for pointing it to the Priest - it made for a funny thread. And sorry, I missed this somehow. Usually I get an email notice of every comment. Here is my email if you, or anyone wants to write: gina@gaw.com

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