Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Paintings Inspired By Coney Island Mermaids

Robert Sievert, an artist who's had a lifelong passion for painting the human figure has had his imagination captured and inspired by last year's Mermaid Ball. His will exhibit his painting this week at the Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea.

In Sievert’s words:

“What a privilege and inspiration. To be frank I was overwhelmed by these events which I can only describe as a ‘feast of flesh.’ Decorum was not a feature. The acres of skin on display were not those of a fashion shoot and peak physical condition was certainly not a prerequisite. Idiosyncrasy was the keynote. The superabundant visual exuberance and excess on display had a profound effect. My participation in these events totally inspired me to create this body of work: THE MERMAID BALL.”

The exhibition is divided into three sections: paintings, panels and prints. The paintings are direct observations of models posing as guests seen at the Mermaid Ball.

The press release for this exhibit has been posted at the Coney Island USA message board.

March 24–April 18,2009
RECEPTION: March 28, 3–6pm
at the
Blue Montain Gallery

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