A Juried Selection by Ilene Skeen, Barebrush.com

August 2013

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Reclining Nude by Terence Kelly
Sunday Morning at Spring by Robin Kappy
Perfectly Naked 9, 10 by Christopher Smith
Meeting Nat by Jean Marcellino
John by Mateus Costa
Swan Song by John Luce Lockett
Crouching Man by Larry Scaturro
Pink Collar Job 8 by Judith Carlin
Love Letter by Marsha Karagheusian
KUAN    747 by Jon Rettich
Bella, Twisting by Jacqueline Saunders
Pat on the Sofa, 2 by Paul Rybarczyk
Young Minerva by Bruce Erikson
Mirror, mirror, ... #5 by Donelli J. DiMaria
Volcanic calm by Chanit Roston
study 1424 by Richard White
The reader by Neal Smithwillow
french 3 by Sara Swan
ELIM by Lynne Levin
N*de St*dy 2013H Detail by C. Charles Wang
Troso 5 by Joe Moroni
Au Naturale by Justin Austin
9/11 by Alex Knowlton
Yoni Centurion by Robert Ferguson
Colin at the 24th St. Studio by Ilene Skeen
And God Created Woman by Chuck Miller
Reclining by William Jobling
Stare by Eddie Torres
Elegance III by Sharon Sieben
Queenie by Marie-Paule Martin
Fruit of Knowledge by Terry Hinkle

Six Degrees of Summer: Part IV—Guest curator, Claudia Seymour, was unavailable for August, so Barebrush CEO and founder, Ilene Skeen, selected the Curators' Choice nominees. All Barebrush curators will still have the opportunity to see the art and vote on the selections. The public also votes in the Curators' Choice poll.

Ms. Skeen selected an oil painting, Reclining Nude by Terence Kelly of Manchester, UK to launch the month. Ms. Skeen said, "The woman in this painting has a languid, slightly flushed appearance, just what may happen in a romantic encounter in August. Sensuous and subtly erotic." She selected a wood sculpture, Crouching Man by Larry Scaturro from Brooklyn, NY. "I like the way this polished and well-formed figure fills the space and threatens to break through it when it stands up." Ms. Skeen chose a mixed media color pencil drawing, Pat on the Sofa, by Buffalo, NY artist, by Paul Rybarczyk. There is an exciting contrast between the energy of the strokes and the relaxation of the pose. Masterful." About another study in contrasts, an oil, The Reader, by Neal Smithwillow of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Ms. Skeen said, "Contrasts in painting add drama. Here is a strong value contrast, the play of background diagonals against the diagonals of legs, thighs and back. This painting is fully representational, but has an abstract, stylized feel. Also, there seems to be something innocent and pristine about this pose of casual sunbathing." Rounding out the Curators' Choice nominees for August is a charcoal/carbon drawing, French 3 by Sara Swan of Los Angeles, CA. About Swans' work, Ms. Skeen said simply, "Solid, uncompromising."

Ms. Skeen added:

I really enjoy looking at the art each month and I feel I've learned a lot from the curators over the years. Curators have widely varying art aesthetics and approaches, but each of them, without exception, always looks for three fundamentals when selecting art: skill, importance and emotion. The skill could be in composition, the depiction of a dramatic moment, painterly strokes, rendering, or an ingenious design. The importance could relate to the representational subject. It could be a new or unusual way of focusing on the subject. Emotion, of course, answers the question what moves us in art? It could be any emotion or even a display of restraint when overt emotion would be expected. I also did my best to relate how each Curators' Choice nominee struck me as far as one or more of these factors.

About another artwork in this calendar, Ms. Skeen added: "The point-counter-point of Perfectly Naked 9 10, make them an interesting pair."

Thirty of these artworks are brand new to the Barebrush calendars, with one repeater, French 3 by Sara Swan which appeared in the December 2012 calendar as well.

The 31 artists represented in August, 2013, in day order are: 1* Terence Kelly, 2 Robin Kappy, 3 Christopher Smith, 4 Jean Marcellino, 5 Mateus Costa, 6 John Luce Lockett, 7* Larry Scaturro, 8 Judith Carlin, 9 Marsha Karagheusian, 10 Jon Rettich, 11 Jacqueline Saunders, 12* Paul Rybarczyk, 13 Bruce Erikson, 14 Donelli J. DiMaria, 15 Chanit Roston, 16 Richard White, 17* Neal Smithwillow, 18* Sara Swan, 19 Lynne Levin, 20 C. Charles Wang, 21 Joe Moroni, 22 Justin Austin, 23 Alex Knowlton, 24 Robert Ferguson, 25 Ilene Skeen, 26 Chuck Miller, 27 William Jobling, 28 Eddie Torres, 29 Sharon Sieben, 30 Marie-Paule Martin, 31 Terry Hinkle.

Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings. Five artists, indicated by asterisks (*), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards. Curators’ Choice nominees receive 8 additional complimentary listings. The top three artists receive additional prizes. Viewers can also vote for “My Favorite N*de,” a poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artworks in My Favorite N*de win one (1) complementary listing for their artists. Winners announced September 1st.

The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks that have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.

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Thank you all for your interest and participation in barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the nude.

*Curators' Choice nominee

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Winners below:
(winner, day, prize)

Curators' Choice

Larry Scaturro (7), +65 points
Neal Smithwillow (17), +30 points
Terence Kelly (1), +16 points
Honorable Mention:
Sara Swan (18)
Paul Rybarczyk (12)


My Fav N*de

Results for your Favs:
Marie-Paule Martin (30)
Ilene Skeen (25)


Congratulations all!



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