The Beauty of Men ~ Art
Dear Art lover,
Happy October! I love this month, but seriously wish I could be out in this perfect weather to carve marble. I have now passed the 2-month mark of what looks to be a 6-month recovery period from spine surgery due to that freak accident in July. And I just recently started to work to finish a clay sculpture for a commission I have. Yay... slow, but YAY!
Many of us grew up in a culture that celebrates women as the gender of beauty and desire, at least in art and cinema (if your idea of celebrating means "featuring nude"). But I also grew up with a mixture of ideas about human behaviour. Example: A dear friend told me when we were in university together in Texas that I was a feminist. Frankly, I was offended. What I had seen from the women's movement was that it started out justly, for a very worthy cause.
But then the Women's Lib Movement got exaggerated and distorted. What appeared to me as a struggle of equal rights got twisted into a man-hating fest. [Luckily for me, my friend explained that she saw me as doing what I wanted and never feeling that I was limited because of my femaleness. Chalk that up to being raised with brothers.]
I learned in the 1970s that I do not appreciate putting others down just to make oneself, or one's group, feel lifted up. Life need not be a seesaw! It is the exact opposite of the idea of all people being equal in value, despite our individual differences.
I also suffer a lot from Underdog Syndrome. When I see someone or a group of someones being beaten down by stronger forces, I feel that actions must be taken to put the balance back into life's situations.
To that end, as I began my art career in the early 1990s, drawing, then painting and later sculpting from life was what shaped me. Granted, I have had favorite models of both genders over the years, and to be frank, a very few models who either made me uncomfortable or just did not inspire.
However, I learned a lot from that, not wanting to ever waste the gift a model gives to artists. I learned that no matter the pose, or the expression, or the body type (that I had been trained to see as not particularly attractive), each model had something beautiful about him, or her. It became important to me to share what I saw as beautiful in each person, even if it was not "pretty."
So, with these thoughts in my head recently due to so many finger pointing, denials and justifications the world over for bad behaviour (understated), I want this newsletter to feature the
BEAUTY OF MEN.
Men are better when they are not the adversaries of women (and vice versa). We all have more in common than we do not.
Let me know which are your favorite artworks. Some of these works are full-figure male nudes. I would hate to shock you. ;-)
Above: Ernesto, white pastel on grey paper
Ode to Michelangelo (Mauro II), pencil drawing framed
Entwined, charcoal and pastel on grey paper, framed
Enough, charcoal and pastel on grey paper, framed
charcoal drawing copy of M. Fortuny original
Niccolò da Uzzano Portrait, after Donatello, charcoal and pastel on grey paper
La Pausa, pastel on black paper, smoking man in silhouette, framed
Il Dono (The Gift), pastel and charcoal on brown paper
Sleeping Angel, pastel drawing inspired by Caravaggio
pencil drawing, self portrait of artist Vasily Fedorouk
framed limited edition print of The Triumph of Icarus
Detail of the beautiful Eric, bronze sculpture of a young muscular man seated
Oh Boy! unique bronze mirror of five nude male figures
Detail of man and bird in Warrior Spirit
The Unwritten Future graces this contemporary bathroom
Tranquility, Peace, and Vivacity bronze tiles. Available as set or as singles.
Valentine bronze with charcoal patina
Reginald bronze figure made the Austin American Statesman
Chest Piece, bronze wall hanging (or put on small table easel)
Sculpture ~ Order Only Bronzes:
Shield may be exhibited inside or out. Would look amazing on a gate!
Celebrating men with this bronze Gregg
Against the Dying of the Light, bronze beauty in the struggle against something larger than oneself. Detail of head profile below:
Sculpture: by Vasily Fedorouk:
Apollo, god and dolphin, stone by Vasily
Male Torso, Marble, 8 x 15 x 7 in, sculpture by Vasily Fedorouk
Centaurus, Marble, 13 x 10 x 5 inches, stone sculpture by Vasily Fedorouk
Trust, Granite, 22.-5 x 18 x 7 inches, stone sculpture by Vasily Fedorouk
Spaceman, Limestone, 17 x 16.5 x 4 inches, stone art by Vasily Fedorouk
Phallus, marble, 23.5 x 11 x 8 inches, sculpture by Vasily Fedorouk
Peeping Tom, limestone, 13 h x 6 x 6 inches, by Vasily Fedorouk
In my two shops on the Etsy platform, I have moved all of my nude artwork listings, in many different formats (from digital downloads to prints I make and ship to you, and a few selected original works) to the second shop here:
Enjoy. I hope to keep adding content to both shops.
[The main shop is: https://borsheimarts.etsy.com ]
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P.S. Two vertebrae in my middle rib cage area were broken in an accident on the beach (well, perhaps the wave INTENDED to slam me into the seabed as I turned towards the shore, I was not able to ask). The doctors and rescue staff told me repeatedly to stay still on my back (for five days) or I risked losing the use of my legs. I had surgery in Livorno, Italy, on 25 July 2023, to stabilize the vertebrae by installing eight screws and some titanium bars in the surrounding bones of my spine. And I can walk.
My siblings set up this page to share the story. If interested, click here: