Back to the Garden: Five Artists Share Paintings of the Female Nude Figure

Nude or naked, the ideal or simply the unadorned, the female figure tells a story that harks back to the beginning of time. Working within and against traditions that are both sacred and sexual, Juliette Aristides, Anthony Ryder, Sharon Sprung, Costa Vavagiakis and Mary Beth McKenzie, in concert with artists since the beginning of time, believe that drawing the nude figure is an experience that is both necessary and profound. —Maureen Bloomfield

Read the full story about figure drawing and figurative oil painting in The Artist’s Magazine (September, 2012). Tip: When you’re finished here, make sure you check out this free lesson on how to draw the human figure by Sadie J. Valeri.

Costa Vavagiakis

“I can’t paint or draw in depth if I don’t know the model well,” says Vavagiakis, who, like Sprung, teaches at the Art Students League of New York and has recorded videos for ArtistsNetwork.TV. “There’s a a level of detail that’s developed over time.”

Costa Vavagiakis, Figure Painting 1

Rainbow XXXVI (oil, 24×18) by Costa Vavagiakis

Costa Vavagiakis, Figure Painting 2

Gioia VIII (oil, 56×35) by Costa Vavagiakis

Costa Vavagiakis, Figure Painting 3

Nina V (oil, 12 x12) by Costa Vavagiakis

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Juliette Aristides

“Drawing the nude figure from life requires a particular kind of optimism,” says Aristides, “to see the importance of the figure as a subject matter in a time when many do not consider the human being as the crowning glory of nature or art.” Aristides is the author of Classical Drawing Atelier: A Complete Course in Traditional Studio Practice.

Juliette Aristides, Figure Painting 1

Constance (charcoal heightened with white chalk, 26×20) by Juliette Aristides

Juliette Aristides, Figure Painting 2

Julie (charcoal heightened with white chalk, 26×20) by Juliette Aristides

Juliette Aristides, Figure Painting

Olympus (sepia pencil and charcoal, 22×18) by Juliette Aristides

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