Painted Goddess & Flesh: Revealing a Passion for Paint

February 26, 2016

This week at the Verum Ultimum Gallery in Portland, Oregon, over 35 artists will be showcased in an examination of flesh through the use of paint. The exhibit, aptly named, Flesh: Revealing a Passion for Paint allows each artist to demonstrate how paint, used in various forms and mediums, can call to life the body of flesh. Attendees of the exhibit can expect an experience that will have them awed by beauty, fascinated by form and perhaps even a little skqueamish by the revealing nature of flesh and how our awareness of it may only be skin deep.

For his piece, Painted Goddess, Mike Leckie artfully painted a bronze sculpture of an unassuming woman. Drawing the eye over the female form, the bronze sculpture reveals a softness and beauty of flesh that is godly and divine. Though created as an “anti-goddess on a pedestal”, her humble and demure form reminds us that we are fashioned in the image of the gods. The artist is able to bring flesh to life through bronze and paint. In his reflection on the piece Leckie states,

“I started this piece as an anti- 'Goddess on the pedestal' sort of thing and then realized that my model, as anti-pedestal as she was, still fit into the ancient iconography of a lovely young woman, and the basic underlying idea that an independent young woman would like to step down from her pedestal and just be herself in the world became even stronger in the piece.”

Perhaps the Painted Goddess is a reminder to us all that no matter how disconnected we feel from the divine or how far from the pedestal we remove ourselves, we are all still made of the same flesh and are on a quest to find who our true selves are. 

The opening reception for Flesh: Revealing a Passion for Paint is Feburary, 27th from 6pm-8pm at Verum Ultimum Gallery, 3014 NE Ainsworth, Portland, OR.