I’m displaying this figurative work despite being warned that a certain class of males should not paint female nudes, as it may not be appreciated by the average curator.
Some may jump to the conclusion that I am objectifying the female form; others may view the work as passé. Ah well.
The story of Cupid and Psyche has been analyzed from a psychological perspective – exploring archetypes, family, marriage, love, relationships – and it has been examined from the feminist perspective. With that in mind, I don’t think it’s purely a prurient subject choice – and I’m unsure why some would prefer to engage it that way. Except, well… boobies?
This was a lot of work to render – learning skin tone and reflection, highlights and shadows to shape the form. The actual rendering may rank mediocre amidst the many other works covering this subject, but as a labor of love (if you’ll excuse the pun), it’s a personal triumph.
The scene is of Psyche being carried gently off the mountain by the West Wind, though the focus is on her with her heliconian wings. It’s also the cover of my poetry collection, A Man’s World.
Oil on canvas, 36″ x 24″