Often walking hand-in-hand with controversy is the sensual female form, and 31-year-old Russian born, Belgium-based artist Olga Gouskova certainly knows how to capture an audience with her paintings of beautiful and stylish women. Gouskova's women are sexy, melancholic and mysterious, with a powerful physical intensity and a subtleness of form which almost makes you want to caress them.
Her female figures do in fact caress themselves, almost as if to emphasize the preciousness of the female body - the eternal source of life and love. The sinuous lines in Gouskova's paintings convey vibrations, memories, ambivalent feelings and deep emotion by means of the positions and expressions of the figures. Her contemporary approach to pose, dynamic composition and colour produces paintings that are modern, proud, vibrant and uniquely individual.
When painting, Gouskova uses two different techniques. First she draws the body with sepia pencil to make it look almost real - warm and soft, giving it a feeling of physical intensity and a subtleness of form, outline and volume. For the rest of each painting she uses acrylic and all kinds of pens to draw lines and small decorative details. She doesn't paint the volume, using instead flat washes of colour. The lines and patterns make the composition dynamic and complete.
Each of Gouskova's paintings is a story about a woman. It's the way she feels, the way she is, how she hears the rain falling, how she feels the warmth of the sun; it's her dreams and secrets, her emotions and fears. Sometimes people ask her why she doesn't paint men. She says it's because she doesn't know how it feels to be a man, but she knows how it feels to be a woman - perfectly imperfect.
Gouskova says, "Some people just see paintings of a half-naked woman, but some see much more than that - the big world of emotions and feelings behind the simple things. Most of people find my work special, even if it's not really the style of art they like."
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