Posts Tagged ‘female nudes’

Artist of the moment…….Photographer Ralph Gibson



Ralph Gibson is an American photographer. Gibson is renown for his work with the figure and use of shadows. Ralph Gibson was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1939.

Gibson served in the United States military. Gibson would go on to study photography at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Below a brief interview with Ralph Gibson:

Gibson uses the Leica brand camera.

Below a link to the artist’s website:

The artist is part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum and Museum of Modern Art.

Gibson has won many awards for his work including fellowships from the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gibson also created his own publishing company and has published many books of his photography work.

In this clip a brief montage of works by Ralph Gibson:

Price range information: Most works priced between $1,000 and $10,000.

Gibson has a remarkable sense of design when it comes to seeing the abstract shapes and cast shadows of the female form. Another photographer who has uses the female form for subject matter is Ruth Bernhard.





Artist of the moment……..Photographer Lucien Clergue


Lucien Clergue is one of the foremost photographers in all of France. Clergue was born in Arles, France in the year 1934. Clergue has illustrated books in addition to his photography works.

Clergue was a life long friend and associate of Pablo Picasso. Clergue even penned a book on the knowledge and meetings he had with the master of all mediums, Pablo Picasso.

Clergue was knighted in 2003.

Clergue has had many successful series including ones of gypsies, nudes, and entertainers. In this clip we view his “zebra works” with the nude. The female body’s sensational curves are shown with many patterns of lines. These works remind of Dale Chihuly glass vase, all of the lines of the female form and the lines appearing for the “zebra pattern” are so elegant and well tapered:

Clergue has had a show at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $20,000. The zebra nudes are heavy demand.


Artist of the moment……Ovilu Tunnillie


Ovilu Tunnnillie is an Inuit artist from the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1949. Ovilu is renowned for sculptures of the figure which are made from traditional stone and sometimes marble. Tunnillie’s work has a vibe to it that reminds me of the “Art Deco” period. The lines are very fluid and flowing in her figure work. The opposite of much the Inuit art covered here so far.

Her parents were both accomplished artists, Sheojuk and Toonoo Tunnillie.

The artist sold her first work at the age of sixteen. With the death of Kenojuak Ashevak, Ovilu Tunnillie is one of few Inuit female artists that could possible be the most famous and most collected of her peer group.

In this clip a great work showing the Grand Mother In Law of the artist. Another artist is featured named Shuvinai Ashoona in the clip. The work of Ovilu Tunnillie is shown at 2:15 into the clip:

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $10,000.

Ovilu Tunnillie was made a member of the Canadian Royal Academy of Art.

What I enjoy most about this artist is her figure work. Most Inuit art isn’t nearly as anatomically correct as the work of Ovilu Tunnillie. Also her figure works that just deal with the curves of the female body such as the legs or the torso.¬† Very few Inuit artists work with the nude in the first place, but her finished product could easily pass for a modern work of art, rather than the typical Inuit art we might see at a gallery.

Ovilu Tunnillie is one of the most prolific Inuit artists when it comes to creative output. She has a large body of work.


Artist of the moment……Photographer Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton was a renowned photographer of the female form born in Berlin, Germany  in the year 1920. He photographed for many top fashion magazines and also had a large body of work on his own. Worked with a black and white format. His father ran a manufacturing business that made buttons and buckles.

Newton was given his first camera when he was twelve years old.

A great interview with Helmut Newton talking about his famous shots of the female form:

As he was jewish he left Germany in 1938 after being taken to an internment camp.  He would eventually go to war as an Australian Army. In the 1950s he would relocate to Europe and open his own studio.

In this clip we view some of his best works:

Was an apprentice to Eva Simon, a theater and fashion photographer well known in Germany. This must of been a wonderful job for a young teenage boy interested in photographing the female nude. He was aged 16 to 20 when he served as an apprentice.

Winner of the American Institute of Graphic Arts award for his photographs.

Helmut Newton passed away in 2004 in a car crash at the age of 84 years old. His ashes are buried next to former movie star Marlene Dietrich.

price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $360,000.