Best of Nudity: Scott Feringa

The task of an artist creating a portrait is most often to convey an insightful representation of their sitter, but this does not always result in a genuine one. A model’s costume and props are often painstakingly coordinated to reveal something of the subject and their world, but the result is merely an image of how the sitter wishes to be seen. Scott Feringa chooses to strip his subjects of their clothes, creating a work which is raw and unadulterated. Scott usually prefers to restrict his palette to monochrome, laying bare the very essence of his sitters using charcoal, Conte and pastel pencils. Most importantly, he does not merely observe: his models are invited to collaborate with him on their likenesses, helping determine a pose and ambience that characterises them best. The end result is a portrait that is honest and direct, uninhibited by markers of time or place and thus able to convey his sitters as they are. Scott perceives this to be a hugely empowering exercise: “nudity in art should not be perceived as taboo or distasteful unless that is the artists’ intention,” he says.

Feature image: Scott Feringa, Drying Off. Charcoal and pastel pencils, 27.9 x 35.5cm. Courtesy: the artist

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