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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
October 2 - November 2, 2007
London, England / Online

Adonis Art
presents:
New Paintings
By Cornelius McCarthy


Painting by Cornelius McCarthy

On-Line Gallery Available

Preview Tuesday October 2, 6.30 - 8.30 PM

Cornelius McCarthy is one of Britain's leading contemporary painters of the male form. His unique style makes his work instantly recognizable. Throughout his long career his subject matter has always been men, either singly or in groups, and from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. McCarthy conveys his subjects not as beefcake, but as real men, strong and unapologetic.

The sometimes surprising directness of his pictures, their distinctive formal qualities, sensuous effects and visual sophistication all have, as their basis, the mysterious empathy we feel for other human beings. The paintings in the new 2007 exhibition at Adonis Art explore and develop this theme, in particular the relationship between artist, model, picture and spectator, through the form known as the ‘odalisque’.

This French term is derived from a Turkish word originally signifying a female slave in an oriental harem, and was adopted in the 19th and 20th centuries by artists to refer to a type of voluptuous female nude, often but not always in an erotic pose and evidently aware of the viewer’s gaze. McCarthy skilfully extends this concept to the male model who in a similar way welcomes the admiration and interest of the spectator, thereby creating a lasting experience.

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“I know my little ‘dirty drawings’ are never going to hang in the main salons of the Louvre, but it would be nice if — I would like to say ‘when,’ but I better say ‘if’ — our world learns to accept all the different ways of loving. Then maybe I could have a place in one of the smaller side rooms.” (1991)
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