Censored Odalisque

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Censored Odalisque, 2011

Acrylic on Canvas

18″ x 24″

“Censored Odalisque,” reflects on references from the paintings that depicted nude women in the past. Those paintings at the time were intended for men to enjoy. In the past few decades, the feminist art movement rose and women questioned why nude women (painted by men) where in the museums while female artists were barely recognized until recently. This is also in reference to the contrast from the era back then to today’s barrage of media from all directions. This image alludes to the fact that we covet and desire something that most people look down upon publicly. Due to this concept, there have been subjects of sex scandals unwillingly uncovered. Up close, it is somewhat difficult to see what the pixilated image is composed of. However when you move farther back away from the nude, the image coalesces into something extremely familiar.

The original reference photo of the nude female model.

The original reference photo of the nude female model.

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About Julian Peña

I'm a visual artist and student currently in progress to attaining a Bachelors of Fine Arts. I've been creating fantastical works of art since I was at the age of 13 years old. My work is transcendent beyond the material world and life itself. The paintings are polychromatic and visually exciting, while still maintaining a level of harmony. The subjects in many of these works of art may not exist at all despite what we perceive. It is a play on perception, an attempt to engage the viewers. I has earned numerous scholarships, participated in several group exhibitions, and already organized my own solo exhibition (CMYK, 2011). My meticulous and unique style is visually arresting. New ideas are constantly being examined and then visually communicated. Come check out my works at www.julianpena.com! I am is also currently part of the 253 Collective (a co-op) in downtown Tacoma. I currently live and work out of my loft in downtown Tacoma, WA.

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