Deborah de Robertis performing Mirror of Origin (2014)

Deborah de Robertis: performance artist or nude exhibitionist?

On May 29 the Luxembourgian performance artist Deborah de Robertis visited Paris’s Musée d’Orsay, sat down in front of Gustave Courbet’s infamous 1866 painting L’Origine du monde (Origin of the World), and recreated the iconic image in the flesh. In a video of the piece, titled Mirror of Origin, the artist can be seen dressed in a gold sequin dress,…

Studio update.

It’s been a while since I did a studio update. It’s finally coming together. I have four walls now (which is something you don’t really appreciate until working in an Australian summer under a tin roof-and then you get the power bill for your overtaxed air conditioner…) and a ceiling of sorts. My neighbours probably…

a sneak peek at a new render! this is based on a cave painting in South Africa.

Farewell 2013

A little late perhaps, but here is my summary of 2013. For good or for ill 2013 was a very odd year. The highs were extremely high, and the lows were extremely low. Any year that begins with the death of a loved and inspirational friend is thrown onto the wrong foot from the start.…

Houri - 36x48 Oils on Canvas

when you assume…

One of the things I love about my job is the assumption that is made about me as a woman who paints nudes. I’m easy, I’m a slut, I’m desperate for a new male model (despite my largely female portfolio) That I need pictures of men I don’t know sending me photos of themselves and…

Putin gone Wild: Russian censorship forcing artists to flee.

Putin’s delightful regime of censorship and despotism is no longer content with targeting our brothers and sisters in the GLBTI community and is now striking out at artists. especially artists that are expressing their displeasure at Putin’s tyranny. one artist depicted Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in lingerie. the artworks were seized by police,…

Stephanie Key’s nude photos have her father’s support

I really approve of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s reaction to his Daughter’s photoshoot. He sent her to one of the best art schools in the world, the Paris College of Art, and is then thrilled to see that she is using her tuition to create the art she wants to create. His comments were not those of a politician, carefully primed and written, heading off a crisis or a threat to his career as some sources have implied, his words are those of a proud dad. not an embarrassed dad, but an encouraging and supportive one.