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ARTmonday: 36 Obscured Portraits of Women

If you follow the ARTmonday posts,  you’ll know that as much as I love abstract art, I am especially drawn to artwork featuring female figures. Among my many posts highlighting specific female painters or more frequently, photographers, who create quirky or elusive images of women (Cig Harvey, Viviane Sassen, Natsumi Hayashi), I’ve also curated a number of roundups, including Women Thinking, Women In the Kitchen, Figures in the Landscape, Women In Water, and Girls At Play. (For more, you can also peruse my Pinterest boards Female Figures in Art, PortraitsNudes.)

I have so many images of women turning their backs on the camera, that I thought for sure I did a post of those, but I can’t find it, so maybe not. Today’s post features 36 portraits of women whose faces are obscured in some way. The overall image might be blurry, her head could be wrapped in twigs (or a shower curtain!), perhaps her hair is in her face, or she’s wearing a blindfold. Or, the image might show what could have been a perfectly straightforward rendering, but then he or she dripped paint over the visage, or whited out all traces of personality.

Some of these obscured portraits of women are cloaked in mystery, others are silly, and still others, a tad subversive. I find them all appealing. (I left out the more disturbing of the finds this time around.)

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Smooth #1  •  Agnieszk Maria Zieba

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Petra Stridfeldt

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Andy Denzler

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Barbara Baldi

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Parker Fitzgerald

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Melodie Mousset

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“Hunger”  •  Jovana Lakovic

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unidentified

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Julia Skopnik

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Annija Muižule

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Human Sculptures  •  Joakim Heltne

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Jose Romussi

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Wilkosz & Way

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“Portrait with the Cat”  •  Chiara Elisa Ragghianti

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Wool and the Gang

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Yann Faucon

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“Portrait with a Spectrum 3″  •  Chad Wys

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unidentified

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“Paper Butterflies”  •  Ping Homeric

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Maia Harms

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“Sky of Tears”  •  Tabitha Vevers

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“Essäché”  •  Flora Borsi

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Grace Coddington  •  Tim  Walker

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Rafael Sliks

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Melissa Gamwell

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Mate Moro

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Javier Martin

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Face-Kinis  •  Peng Chen

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“Ubearable”  •  Alessandro Passerini

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“A Bundled Mass of Confusion”   •  Robert Flynn

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Sarah Bodri

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Urs Fischer

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Lalla Essaydi

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“Portrait of Petra Collins”  •  Neal Turner

Marianne Faithfull by David Redfern

Marianne Faithfull  by  David Redfern

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ARTmonday: Clint Jukkala

Missoula, Montana-born artist Clint Jukkala went to college in Seattle, and earned his M.F.A. at Yale University, where he stayed on, and is now an Associate Professor of Painting/Printmaking.

Jukkala’s recent work explores the ideas of light, filters, lenses, and frames. His colorful, geometric, and sometimes textural paintings, while for the most part abstract, at times resemble figures, namely ones with seriously large eyeglasses.

Clint Jukkala is represented by the Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven. His work has been shown at Feature Inc. and Envoy Enterprises in New York City, The deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA, Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, PA, VOLTA NY 2013, The Currier Museum, and Soil Gallery in Seattle.

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Cosmic Trigger

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Cosmic Trigger

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Around the Outlines

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Off Course

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Out Look, Look Out

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Either Or

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Carry the Zero

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Over the Under

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Reconnaissance

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Inside Out

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Psychosoma

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Sunshine in the Shade

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Terrasoma

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ARTmonday: Figures in the Landscape

I think we’ve already established that I’m enamored of images picturing women lying in a field, wading into water, curled up in a corner, or moodily attending to some undefined task. Today’s images are first and foremost, landscapes, then dotted with a single woman, man, or child, group, or crowd. The vistas range from grassy lawn to corn field and from rocky cliff to rubble. They all capture a mood; many peaceful or relaxed, at least one determined, another possible agitated, and others simply unbothered. I think the common thread here, is individuals carrying on with their lives, in outdoor settings. No more than that, than perhaps a certain aura they have, to me.

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David Drebin, Field of Dreams, 2012

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Grit Schwerdtfeger, Distanz: Badende, 2004

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Harry Benson, Andrew Wyeth, Benner Island, Maine, 1996

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Julie Blackmon, Lost Mitten, 2010

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Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Untitled 1 (Spring), 2009

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 Anastasia Cazabon

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Carolyn Monastra, The Corn Field, 2003

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Cig Harvey, Flood Tide, Self-portrait, Mangrove Bay, Bermuda, 2005

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Meghan Boody,  2008
I requested my young lady to forego her ramble because I was certain of showers

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Dennis Marsico, 2012
Summer Stock: Mature couple in search of single bi-fem

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Stephen Hughes, Beachy Head, England, 1996

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Tierney Gearon, published October 23, 2005, 2005
Actress Diane Keaton, from “Another Woman” 

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Kevin Muente, New Years Day

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Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2003

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Rhi Ellis

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Rachel Hulin, Cape Flight, 2012

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Pieter Hugo, Green Point Common, Cape Town, 2013

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Stuart Hawkins, Convenient Location, 2010

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Massimo Vitali, Greenwich Park, 2012

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 Evgenia Arubgaeva,Tanya and the Balloon, 2010-2011

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Tom Chambers, Late For Dinner, 2013

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Marcelo Tinoco, Sunset at Calton Hill (from the series Fotorama), 2009

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Doug Dubois, My Mother in the Backyard, Oldwick, NJ, 2000

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ARTmonday: Women Thinking

I think it’s been awhile since I’ve done a roundup of women. If you follow this column, you know I am enamored of artwork picturing the female form, both clothed and undressed. I am particularly drawn to images exuding a sense of melancholy. These 25 artworks picture women sitting, many hugging their knees, seemingly lost in thought. Some are well-known oil paintings by artistic masters, others fashion photographs, some illustrations, and others simply pieces by contemporary artists found around the web, including Saatchi Online, Etsy, and the artist’s own websites. Which woman moves you?

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Edward Hopper

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Helmut Newton

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 Judy Jones

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Kristin Shaw

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Karen Darling

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Clare Elsaesser

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Leanne Surfleet

pierre-bonnard-la-jeune-fille-au-noirs

Pierre Bonnard

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Vincent van Gogh

wayne-pate

Wayne Pate

back on chair

Cayetano De Arquer Buigas

dance

Raul Romo

dress on beach

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unidentified

flower-head

Lukasz Wierzbowski

mid cent mod

Lina Scheynius

Miss Moss - Myrtle Illustrated

Ellen Surrey

stripes

Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio

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Tsigijari Foujita

picasso

Pablo Picasso

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Clare Shilland

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Stephen Poling

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Eilif Amundsen

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David Cobley

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Oscar Dominguez

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ARTmonday: 13 Photographs from Lumitrix

There’s a new online gallery that deals exclusively in contemporary photography—Lumitrix. Each print offered is a limited edition and retails at $80 ($220 framed). The London-based  gallery currently represents just 13 photographers, but each is brilliant. Among them, Matilda Temperley (fashion designer Alice Temperley’s younger sister) focuses on dancers, while 23-year-old artist Kannagi Khanna wows with a series featuring celebrity images juxtaposed against Indian women. Here are some of my Lumitrix favorites.

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Sindri, Astrid Harrisson

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Vertebral, Oliver Barnett
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Fes No. 1, Ritty Tacsum
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Kate Winslet—Geeta, Kannagi Khanna
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Magdalene Fjord, Leonid Tishkov

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Hutt One, Steve Back

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Orange Abstract, Steven Glass

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Yellow Butterfly, Holly Wilmeth

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Lavender, Joanna McClure

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Flora, Banoo Batliboi

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African Boy, Matilda Temperley

UPDATE:  Lumitrix just sent along two new images that aren’t online yet, to share here.

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Matilda Temperley

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ZinniaJoanna McClure

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ARTmonday: Photographer Naho Kubota

Japanese-born photographer Naho Kubota, lives and works in New York City. I love the soft colors and geometric compositions. Here are 14 examples of his work.

Editions from the “Yellow Room” series

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Editition from the “Test Strip” series

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Editions from the “Minimum Structure” series

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Miscellaneous images

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People

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ARTmonday: Rineke Dijkstra’s Beaches Portraits

Dutch Photographer Rineke Dijkstra Portraits Beaches

In the mid ’90s, when I lived in NYC, I saw the series of “Beaches” photos by  Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra. At a gallery or an art fair… I actually don’t remember. But I have the book that I bought and have enjoyed. And I have since seen her work again, at the ICA in Boston.  Unfortunately I missed Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective at the Guggenheim last year. In anticipation of hitting the beach in Delray later this week (April vacation), here are a sampling of beach portraits, starting with my favorite, which has always reminded me of my younger self.

Rineke Dijkstra Girl on Beach

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Rineke Dijkstra Boy on Beach

Rineke Dijkstra Girl on Beach

Rineke Dijkstra Girl on Beach

Rineke Dijkstra Girl on Beach

Rineke Dijkstra Girl on Beach

Rineke Dijkstra Girl on Beach

Rineke Dijkstra Girl on Beach

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ARTmonday: Ryan Pickart’s Portraits of Women

I saw a few of these oil portraits on Pinterest over the weekend, and though they were charming. I love how the women seem to be posed against wallpaper, or, if against a solid background, there’s a floral pattern on their clothing. The portraits, all oil on canvas, were done by Ryan Pickart, a painter from Lowell, Indiana.

Odette
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Diana
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Darlene
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Ingrid
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Alina
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Charlotte
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Janine
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Browse my Pinterest boards for more artwork I love:
Female Figures
Nudes
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ARTmonday: Ashley Goldberg • Portraits of Girls

Artist Ashley Goldberg of the blog Kitty Genius, whom I discovered on Pinterest, has been creating some great patterns of late: birds, feathers, dots, geometric shapes. When I clicked over to her Etsy shop, I was immediately drawn to these charming portraits of mod girls who seem to have come out of a world where ’60s London meets contemporary Harajuku. I may need to buy the postcard set.

Rosie

Ginger

Clementine

Diana

Doris

Follow the Sparrows

Susannah

Lily

Scout

Gwen

Celia

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ARTmonday: Joyful Studio

Portraits from a young artist living in Portland that I found on Etsy. She doesn’t give her name, but goes by Joyful Studio.

Tony                                                        1940’s hair, 2010 attitude

Girl no. 3                                            Girl with sadness in her eyes

Guy in glasses I

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