Naked women are wonderful things. As both an artist and a man, I can say that with a sound amount of confidence. With only their form, women can appear strong, yet meek, innocent, yet dangerous, provocative and awe-inspiring. It is this duality and sensuality that is captured in the work of emerging artist Kiera Stuart.
“I have always felt that art should move you, inspire you, shock you, kick you down a rabbit hole into a unique confusion.” (Kiera Stuart)
In a recent two person Soho show at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, Stuart indeed moves us. Using layers, textures and carefully chosen warm tones to communicate the beauty of a woman’s body without forgetting to show us what lies beneath the flesh. Beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows blend in an inviting harmony that tempts the viewer to listen to the souls of these women. Thick, impasto work provokes the viewer to move in closer to see the hidden layers of these figures, these female characters full of grace, intelligence and an exuberant hunger for life.
Stuart’s figures seem genuinely happy and comfortable to be themselves and be seen as themselves. A testament to being comfortable with your body, and any flaws that may go with it. In the artist’s own words:
The public seems more and more concerned with the newest fashion, style, and trend. The media overruns our lives until we barely remember what we personally prefer, as opposed to what is popular, and drilled into our heads by advertisements. Self love is appreciation of uniqueness and originality are continuously being drowned out by urge to fit into society. To really love ourselves, we need to love the imperfections. Adore the moles and blemishes on our personality, and realize that imperfection is beauty.
After struggling to fight through the “imperfections” in her own artwork, Stuart decided to strip herself of the preconceptions associated with depicting the female figure and decided to take a different approach. This fearlessness led her to her first show and the creation of the awesome artwork you see here.
Watch the slideshow below to see more of Kiera’s stupendous abstract paintings and more photos of the Soho reception at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery.
To view more of Kiera Stuart’s abstract, contemporary artwork, please visit her online gallery here.
Antonio Estevez is a New York Artist and editor of the arts blog Lend Me Your Eyes.