the artist getting the credit for this life-size painting is dean smale, who aside from being an artist, has also been instructing a variety of art-related courses at the community college in medicine hat, alberta, canada.
in 2006, mr. smale did a stint of teaching at the east oregon university in eugene, oregon. it's while there he completed ode to edo..
it's here where it's getting interesting.....especially in view of some of the comments made by some of the models who demonstrated naked outside paris city hall.......you see, the painting is done from a photograph dean had taken of me several months earlier......now,i know, there are many artists (99 out of a 100, i guess) who create great paintings from photographs.......but the pose......the pose, my friends, is mine (the model)...it's my performance, my emotion, my gesture.......all dean smale did, was to copy the photograph.....(and he did it well, i might add)..
however, i suggest you read the critique that accompanies the picture in the eugene weekly ......and you will agree with me, i am sure, that without the dramatic gesture and emotion, this great work of art could not have been created.
good models who inspire good artists to create great art are few and far between......and those who are should get remunerated accordingly and not just tipped
imagine posing for a painting that was completed in eugene, oregon,....then finding it in a gallery in edmonton, alberta, canada.
yes, ode to edo is alive and well and hanging with a few other naked people in an art gallery in edmonton, as part of the show inner sense by dean smale.