Venus, a series of hyperrealistic charcoal drawings by American artist Clio Newton, examines gender and femininity. She shows a wide variety of adolescent characters with female heads and male bodies, inspired by Renaissance painters like Michelangelo and Botticelli. The seamless transition is meant to reflect the current era's acceptance of gender diversity.
New Yorker by birth, Newton now makes his home and works in Zurich, Switzerland. Exhibits in the United States and Europe have recognized her mastery in the drawing medium. Using her painstaking method, Venus merges the "gender composites" convincingly, most often around the neck or shoulders of her subjects.
For the sake of authenticity, Newton drew the heads and bodies of his subjects directly from life. The depth of their personalities are captured as they look directly at the viewer, while their facial features, hair, and bodies are rendered to their fullest extent. These drawings are mesmerizing because of their balance between the physical world and the realm of the imagination they evoke.
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Venus, a series of charcoal drawings by American artist Clio Newton, examines femininity and gender.
Clio Newton's Pencil Drawings are hyper-realistic.
Her work features male bodies with female heads.Clio Newton's Hyperrealistic Pencil Drawings
Renaissance artists like Botticelli and Michelangelo inspired these "gender composites," which are based on their work.
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