Flesh and form – feature a selection of Les Satinover’s artworks.
I began to draw and paint in grammar school, seeking aesthetic pleasure as a young child, and self proclaimed myself an artist. I knew that that was my earliest and most complete identity – and I would take it out to the world. After graduate (Art School), I found it challenging to find a way to earn a living as an artist. So I soon came upon retail and quickly stepped into new shoes and built a successful design career in business. I had to wait years to reclaim my full time artist status once again. I have always defined my artistic orientation as a search for sublime beauty through representational means and I revel in and thoroughly embrace the frank depiction of mostly nude male forms in lush atmospheric natural settings as a celebration of hidden human sensuousness. I do resist overt suggestions of sexuality, but I do relate to the tension created by suggesting a need for a fluid view of classic maleness and intrinsic beauty. I hope to suggest an association with the infinite and generate a spirit of serenity.
My work flow begins with a photo session of a model, usually taking several hours. I use the session to gather poses for the painting project that I have in mind. I draw and scale up the figure/s to the canvas, further developing the scene, creating a full rendering with significant details. The next phase is to complete a fully worked up grisaille (black/white/gray) underpainting The final phase is the long, slow process of applying color/glazing to bring out the full spectrum of sunlight. I can work on a single painting for up to a year and sometimes more (as many pieces are quite large).
Still life at Hurricane Point
Center of the Word
Vigil for Idolum
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