An accomplished oil painter and portrait artist, Venetia Berry is known for creating works that are whimsical and dream-like. Often painting nude female figures through an abstracted lens and simplifying the form using pure line, her work often aims to reverse the male gaze, challenging the archetypical sexualisation of nudes in art. However in this online exhibition, we see Venetia focus on a new theme.
Venetia has created ten new works on canvas that celebrate female strength and power, whilst examining the complex relationship that society has with the concept of The Strong Woman. The title, Virago, makes reference to the paradoxical word which is used to describe a woman who is thought to be "domineering, violent or bad-tempered" but at the same time can be used for a woman who is "heroic, or displays masculine qualities". This problematic word, exemplifies the way that our society often perceives dominant or strong women to be "bossy" or "controlling" whilst their male counterparts are never brandished with the same negative associations for the same behaviours. It also exposes the fact that, if women are thought to be heroic, then their strength is compared to that of a man, rather than being allowed to display strength in a uniquely feminine way.
Berry says: “These works are intended to contain multiple figures, referencing the idea of female relationships and women working together to help each other, and not vice versa.” She adds: “Although celebrating the body is still very important to me, I want to focus more on women in general, as the body is not what defines us as women.”
The ten canvas artworks that comprise the exhibition will start from £550.00 to £2,850.00 and will each be original and unique. You can preview the works below and they will be available to purchase on 21st November on this page. As always sales are first come first serve, but to get ahead why not request a shipping quote for an artwork in advance?
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