Feminine Forms: November Exhibit

written by Rhiannon Rosenbaum

Last Friday Cultivate launched a beautiful exhibition (if I do say so myself)—Feminine Forms.

My favorite part about this exhibition would have to be the variety of female forms, young and old, clothed and nude small, and large, a true celebration of womanly forms. However, my favorite pieces were those that were drawn from live models. I love to pour over the works of those who have a keen sensibility and understanding of the human figure. I think that the figure as represented in art is so compelling as a topic because of its enduring appeal to art lovers throughout time.

Although the human figure has been represented in art work since the Prehistoric era in sculptures and then later in paintings, it wasn’t until the Renaissance that Figure drawing came into its own and changed the level of sophistication in art work all together. With the Renaissance came advancements in drawing such as perspective and anatomical knowledge and thus a love of figure drawing was born.

It amazes me that so much can be expressed with so few marks on a page. For example, this Charles Wallis painting, which is part of our current exhibition.


Nude Figure #3 By Charles Wallis

Figure and Gesture drawing, when done well, gives us so much more than anatomy. An artist can capture the attitude, the mental state, and even the action of a figure with only a few scant tools. And that’s why those artists that can do this well are quite amazing.



Figure Drawing By James Jean



Th uotidian By Katie Ward



Figure Drawing By Henry Yan

I hope this post gives you a better appreciation of figure drawing. And please come into the gallery and feast your eyes upon all of the pieces in this amazing exhibition. Feminine Forms will be up all of November.


Rebekah Geare