Towards the end of receiving his education in the figurative arts at The Florence Academy of Art in Florence Italy, Eirik Arnesen created this clay portrait study of artists’ model Ruby Magic in Autumn 2016.
Arnesen works from the human body to produce carefully thought out works with solid construction and organic naturalism in order to create convincing images of the human body in accordance with the realist tradition.
“The figure is one of the oldest images humans have created and it elicits a deep somatic response regardless of the origins or education of the viewer. My work seeks to tap into this universal connection and stimulate the consciousness, reveling in the beauty of the body in its many forms. The track of the artist creating the image is important to enforce the humanity of the image.”
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In the summer of 2015 Minerva Durham, founder and curator for Spring Street Studio, appointed Ruby to be a muse for Allen Hirsch who was searching for a new subject for one of his projects. The goal was to paint a nude female figure, from life, with the figure holding a mobile phone.
This oil painting is of Ruby, who is seen casually seated nude, in a old leather chair, with her gaze looking down at her iPhone. Allen Hirsch uses the natural light beaming in from the window which faces the lower East side of Manhattan New York, to paint his muse who shows no interest in her surroundings and to the viewer.
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At the end of Summer 2017, painter Tanvi Pathare completed her oil portrait titled ‘Ruby’ at her studio in Florence, Italy. Although ‘Ruby’ was created as part of a commission during – artists’ model Ruby Magic’s, second visit to Florence, it was also the second portrait that Pathare painted of Ruby Magic as one of her subjects.
In search for a new direction, this portrait of Ruby has been marked as the most significant moments during her career as an artists’ model when Pathare had the inspiration for Ruby Magic to become a muse for painter Jordan Sokol.
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When Francis O’Neill finished working on his first portrait of Ruby, he then began this figure painting titled—Ruby Magic. This painting was completed in January 2012 and later preselected for the BP Portrait Awards, London.
Francis O’Neil’s friendship with Ruby crystallised over art, travel and painting; continuing completing more portraits and occasional sitting for O’Neil’s students at his studio in Oxford, England.
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This portrait ‘study’ of Ruby by painter Jordan Sokol was originally created to take part in Sokol’s first solo exhibition titled ‘Ruminations’ at Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA back in the Summer of 2017. Instead, they began working on a new portrait having abandoned this one as a ‘Study’.
Society of Portrait Sculptors
‘Ruby’, 2019. 9 x 5 x 10cm. Edition of 10, by Poppy Field, has been selected for FACE2020, The Society of Portrait Sculptors 56th Exhibition. We were very pleased to announce our part in FACE2020, which was originally due to open in May at La Galleria Pall Mall, London. Thankfully, however, an online virtual exhibition can viewed here.
Originally shared on BBC Get Creative: As told by Ruby Magic to Will Gompertz: “When I pose, I’m using my body to search for a sublime form – I’m trying to create a puzzle for the artists to solve… It is a surprisingly exciting life for someone who spends so much time standing still!”.
These beautiful patinas were created by Phil at castlefineartsfoundry. Thank you!
‘Everything is Now’ by sculptor Poppy Field was produced in Florence Italy. This piece has been created as a reduction that was taken from the life size version.
Everything is Now(reduction), 2019, 45 x 12.5 x 12.5cm, is for sale and you can contact the sculptor herself by clicking on the link here.
Photographs by Steve Russell Studios
‘Allegory of Virtue’ by César Meza., 2017 Graphite pencil, black color pencil, and white chalk on hand toned cotton paper (Fabriano Artistico 300grs)., 51 x 38 cm.
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