Anna Stump: Nudes
San Diego artist Anna Stump began her Large Nudes body of work while she was a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey. The artist would paint in her spacious Turkish studio, enlarging 20-minute gouache studies into formalized works. Each painting was started upside-down, then turned to the side, the other side, and finally finished upright. For her solo exhibition at Sparks Gallery, Stump returns to this central practice with an interesting twist. In addition to the traditional live models she works from, Stump has begun incorporating found imagery as source material, focusing specifically on deconstructing the male gaze present in the photographic imagery of vintage men’s magazines. The artist presents a collection of small studies alongside new large scale works through May 13 and will also lead two live painting events at the gallery. Opening reception wine sales benefit Planned Parenthood. Guests who RSVP receive one free drink ticket.