Contemporary Muses: Hope Gangloff

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.

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

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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 Friends come over and take their shoes off and relax with us, the parlor has been replaced by the kitchen and the patio.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.

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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.

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

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Article by, Lesley Frenz of Artsy Forager.