Oh my… What big teeth you have.

Both eyes detail_SlatemStudio above_Slatem_WMMy painting space in my lounge.FInal portrait_SlatemFinal painting. “Oh My…”. Oil on canvas. 29.5 x 42.5 cmRight eye detail_SlatemLeft eye detail

Oh my… What big teeth you have.

Perhaps not the most impressive painting ever, but I had the urge play with my large collection of paint brushes and fill the room with the smells of oil paint and turps again. This was more a practice than anything as I had a canvas to use which I’d painted over in burnt umber to hide the previous failed painting from earlier this year. I wanted to see what it’s like painting over such a heavy base coat. Not very easy it turns out, far too dark, especially for such a light skin over coat.

I chose an advert out a glossy mag to practice portraiture some more, biggest mistake was choosing one with visible teeth… don’t do it, especially if she has a huge gap. Fail, but at least the photos make this painting look more presentable haha.

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2012 (2nd semester)

Final art work. Oils on canvas (30x40 inches)

Final art work. Oils on canvas (30×40 inches)

This is a recent advert for DSTV, with the caption “When some things are more important than rugby”.

Les Infideles (“The Players”) 30×40 inches oil on canvas

“It’ll blow your mind away” (caption from a Burger King print advert). 40×30 inch oil on canvas
THE PORTRAYALS OF WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY MEDIAThis is my current (23 July – 8 Nov 2012) extended body of art works based on the portrayals of women in contemporary media and advertisements.

Each work is based on a real and published contemporary commercial or printed advert with the caption/punchline inserted to highlight  and satirize the portrayal of women in media today.

In every instant where a female is featured, they are replaced with that of a cow: the animal bred for either meat (which symbolises the objectification and sexualisation of women) or on the other hand, for reproduction (which speaks back to how women are pictured in the kitchen and perpetuate women’s naturalised motherly role).

This series of oil paintings (comprising of the few large 30×40 inch oil paintings on canvas and the many smaller +-14x15cm oils on fabriano paper) aims to highlight and draw attention to the manner of representing women in common everyday media and how they perpetuate gender roles and objectification. The substitution of the cow figures helps add absurdity and humour.