Ellen AnticoAustralia

Ellen Antico (b. 1989 in Sydney, AU) lives and works in New York City.

Her body of work is inspired by Renaissance paintings and the work of Rubens – her motives primarily celebrate the female body in all shapes and sizes: Large fleshy figures, entwined with one another, confident with their body and sexuality.

Painted with oil and charcoal on canvas, these intimate moments capture the climax of physical and emotional connection between the subjects.

Deconstructed forms of these acts of wrestling, reduced to charcoal strokes on canvas that seem like preliminary drawings, appear like a study of faces, hands and feet, revealing perceptions of the nature of physical existence. Between competition, humor and sensual seduction a profound fascination for the inherent beauty of embodiment emanates, and is substantiated throughout the exhibition.