Art and anatomy have been fit and proportioned for each other ever since Leonardo da Vinci drew his Vitruvian Man. As Aurelius Augustinus put it, “the arrangement of the body is so well proportioned, the symmetry of its parts so beautiful that it can be doubted whether at its creation utility was more of a determining factor than beauty.”
Valerie L. Winslow continues finding the beauty in the body through her art.
“Drawing Beneath the Surface: The Art of Valerie L. Winslow,” which features the art of the contemporary figurative artist will be held at the Art Gallery located in the Art and Design center, off of Halsted St. and Lindley Ave. on the north side of campus located at 18111 Nordhoff Street in Northridge.
The exhibit is scheduled to run from Aug. 23 to Oct. 9. A gallery talk is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m., an artist walk through and book signing on Friday, Aug. 27, from 6 to 7 p.m. and artist reception will be on Friday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The inspiration from this exhibition came from the publication of her masterwork, “Classical Human Anatomy,” a powerful expression of more than 30 years of artistry, research and expertise.
Curated by Joy von Wolffersdorff, the exhibition is a rich display of the many artistic aspects of drawing. Works include selected original drawings from “Classic Human Anatomy,” as well as oil paintings, and bas-relief assemblages shown with the artist’s preliminary drawings. The compositional studies, juxtaposed with the finished painting or sculpture, provide a faithful look at the progressive stages of an artist–a glimpse beneath the surface.
“The inspiration for this exhibit is, simply put, the work of a phenomenal artist, Valerie L. Winslow, especially the masterful drawings in her recent book, ‘Classic Human Anatomy,’” said von Wolffersdorff. “These beautiful works of artistic anatomy inspired a closer look at an artist for whom drawing is fundamental, for whom painting appears to be a natural ability and for whom concepts move between transparency and mystery, always probing the psychology of human experience. In more ways than one, it turned out to be an intriguing glimpse of the work and life of one artist.”
Valerie L. Winslow has been a nationally exhibited artist since 1975. Her paintings and drawings are in many private collections and she has won numerous awards. She has taught figurative art and anatomy for more than 30 years and is currently a full-time faculty member and the Anatomy Coordinator at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, School of Fine Arts.
Parking for the exhibition will be located on Parking Lot E6 and cost $6. For more information, please contact the Art Gallery office at (818) 677-2156 or via e-mail at email@example.com.