by Sharon Hudson
Hudson's figure collages are unique in contemporary art. They reflect her love of color, texture, pattern, and ambiguous space. Her study of Japanese textiles and her photography, using multiple exposures and superimposed images, led her to overlay and mix patterns in her art as well. To build up layers, she uses collage with painting, pastel, or other media, and focuses on the interplay of two and three dimensions.
A figure painter for over 40 years, Hudson's figure paintings, drawings, and collages always begin with live models. She starts with media that are swift and sensual, and works quickly to capture the model's body, face, expression, or mood. She may leave this spontaneous portrayal as the completed work of art, or she may work the figure drawing into a painting or collage energized with patterns.
Hudson frequently fully embeds her figures in lively patterns. Sometimes using translucent media over a background of collage makes the figure appear to be emerging from the background. Other times she uses small pieces of collage as pieces in a paper mosaic. Visually, the figure and the collage are in a dynamic interaction.
Strong compositions and bold color are characteristic of Hudson's art, including her collages. Hudson's figures are characterized by frank sensuality and self-assurance, and most viewers consider the patterns around the figure to be an expression of the subject's thoughts or emotions. Her stylistic inspiration comes her from masters of sensuality like Gauguin, Klimt, Matisse, Degas, and Van Gogh.
In addition to this collection of figure collages, this art gallery also offers figures, abstracts, still lifes, portraits, decorative non-objective patterns, and other kinds of art. Bold, sensual, intriguing fine art in painting, collage, pastel, drawing, and mixed media. San Francisco Bay area visual artist Sharon Hudson, Oakland, northern California.
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Oakland, San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay, northern California