Adam's Rib I by Orley Ypon

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Orley Ypon

Adam's Rib I


121.92 x 152.4 cm | 48 x 60 in

Oil on canvas

  • Third Place ($500 Cash Award) / Figurative

"My works serve as a portal for viewers to a time when anatomical precision, composition and symmetry were regarded as standards of beauty. In this tradition, color and composition move into a streamlined narrative that evokes emotions and sensations. It showcases the human body in all its naked glory, painted with a unique focus on movement and anatomy.

I interact with the flesh of the subject and revel in its nakedness, from every tense muscle to every strand of hair, from the delicate curve of the hip to the intimate shadows. The jarring images, which may shock some and entice others, all urge viewers to become aware of their own nakedness and reflect on their most basic natures.

I am constantly struggling to capture the essence of the human condition through realism. Each character within the work is a crucial player and behind their eyes, the curve of their mouth, from either pleasure or pain, as well as their most minute impressions, viewers are given the chance to be immersed in the world that the paintings bring to life." – ORLEY YPON