Contemporary Muses: Hope Gangloff

20 Aug

There are certain times, especially when he lays on the floor for a power nap, that I long to break out my charcoal and sketch my husband.  I’m moved to capture the beauty of his face and his peaceful position.  As I’ve mentioned, figure drawing took me a while to master but once I did I truly began to see the magic in the body of each person.  Our expressions, our posture, our countenance is all unique to who we are.  The paintings of Hope Gangloff capture every day moments of ordinary people, rendering them in an extraordinarily beautiful way.

Her figures in repose, bear stylistic resemblance to masters such as Schiele, Matisse, Cassatt and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Queen Jane Approximately, acrylic on canvas, 108.5×67.5

But these are contemporary muses, this is the way we live now.  Friends come over and take their shoes off and relax with us, the parlor has been replaced by the kitchen and the patio.  Conversations remain unchanged– we talk politics, relationships, art and music.

Catherine Despont, acrylic on canvas, 48×72

Upstate Neighbor ( Gavin Anderson ), acrylic on canvas, 84×56

Gangloff’s figures are familiar.  They are our friends, our neighbors, our world.  To see more of Hope Gangloff’s work, please visit her website.

Artist found via Booooooom.  All images are via the artist’s website.

9 Responses to “Contemporary Muses: Hope Gangloff”

  1. francifularts August 20, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Arresting portraits complimented by strong design elements such as the use of stripes, plaids, textures, and color!

    • Lesley August 20, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      Yes! Her use of visual patterns & textures is one of my favorite elements in Hope’s work. They are so fabulously layered!

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  2. This Sydney Life August 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Fab’ work. You’d never feel alone with one of these friends ion your wall…

  3. Six Glasses of Water August 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    This is just so excellent!

  4. lilbrigs August 22, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    I love these! They remind me of an older painting style, but at the same time they’ve been brought into the 21st century

    • Lesley August 22, 2012 at 7:07 am #

      Completely! Classically drawn, yet undeniably contemporary. The more I look at her work, the more I am drawn to it.

  5. wildwoodtress August 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Reblogged this on apaintedturtle and commented:
    well said.

    • Lesley August 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

      Thanks for reblogging!

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