This exhibit showcases 5 award winning Florida artists whose work is mainly focused on the female form.
Herbie Martin, Leonardo Montoya, Wilson Romero, Weldon Ryan, and Robert Shirk. Each artist approaches depicting woman from very different perspectives, both artistically and intellectually.
Throughout Western history, male artists have created a vast and significant body of work portraying women. Many of the most prominent figures in art history are celebrated for their depictions of the female form. From Botticelli's iconic 'Birth of Venus' in the mid-1480s to Vermeer's enigmatic 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' in 1665, and from Whistler's timeless 'Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1' (Whistler's Mother) in 1871 to Klimt's stunning 'Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I' in 1907, male artists have repeatedly turned to women as their primary muse. Even contemporary artists like Andy Warhol, with his vibrant 'Shot Blue Marilyn' from 1964, have continued this tradition, demonstrating the enduring power and allure of the female form in art.
The most recent exhibit of "Men Painting Women" was held at the Bailey Contemporary Arts Center in Pompano Beach, Florida from Janauary 6, 2023 through March 28, 2023.
"It has been a great honor to exhibit Robert, Leonardo, Wilson, Weldon, and Herbie’s breathtaking artwork. Working with Robert and the artists of “Men Painting Women” has been my honor and pleasure. They have created a fantastic show that audiences will appreciate and remember!"
Adriane Clarke, Interim Cultural Programs Manager - City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department
The 2022 "Men Painting Women" exhibit was held at the Art League Of Daytona Beach from July 26, 2022 through September 6, 2022.
"In a million years we could not have imagined how varied and amazing the exhibit was until they began to hang it. We had a “meet the artists” opening that was attended by more than 150 people. People came and people stayed. Some had never seen anything quite like it. People who viewed the exhibit will not soon forget it."
Amelie Roberts, Director - Art League of Daytona Beach
The first "Men Painting Women" exhibit was held at the Downtown Orlando Library from July 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020.
"Since going on display, Men Painting Women has received significant local attention thanks in large part to the self evident talent of these artists and the rich, historical tradition for which this exhibit is themed. Guests of our building were extremely complimentary of the work from day one, and I can honestly say it has attracted more onlookers than in any time in recent memory. They have created an exceptional exhibition that will not quickly be forgotten by our guests."
Mike Donohue, Community Outreach Coordinator - Orange County Library System
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