Monday, May 6, 2013

Lely’s Venus

During a recent London visit, I sketched a marble statue of Venus in the British Museum called Lely’s Venus. Lely was an artist and collector during the reign of King Charles I; the sculptor is unknown.

My goal was to combine the traditional character of the original sketch with a contemporary style, abstract coloring contrasted with muted and subtle colors, and graphic boldness. 

I didn't actually know that was my goal at the time, but I’ve decided it was since it pretty much turned out that way. 

Lely’s Venus
28" x 40"

Lely’s Venus detail.