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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

"BODY LANGUAGE" AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

One evening last week I went to a private view of "Body Language" at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.






"Body Language" is an exhibition of paintings of the human figure by modern artists.

As I sipped my glass of champagne and walked around the gallery viewing the paintings, I was fascinated by the different ways in which each artist depicted the human body.  To my fashion blogger's mind, some of the pictures reminded me of imaginative, fashion photography of today.   

Jansson Stegner, an American artist, brought romanticism to his portrayals of very contemporary female police officers. Evoking the classical portrait painters of the past, he placed them in a pastoral background.

In "Great Plains" below, his beautiful, quirky, large-eyed police girl could almost be part of a grunge fashion shoot.






Chantal Joffe is an English artist who really does paint portraits of women from fashion pages.  Just look below at her blonde in "Black Camisole".







From Henry Taylor, an American artist, "Miss Kelley" (below) is more "real life" fashion



and I had to include his very noticeable work "Untitled (Finger)".  Just look at her deep, statement lipstick.



These are only a few examples from an amazing collection.  I really enjoyed and recommend this exhibition.  It runs until 16th March 2014 at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4SQ.