Sadie Valeri is well known for her evocative still lifes featuring crumpled wax paper painted in the tradition of the Dutch Golden Age. With her most recent work, Valeri is exploring the human figure as depicted through a classical tradition but with a contemporary eye.
Merging the painting methods she has mastered through alla prima, direct, and indirect painting techniques, Valeri’s newest work is larger and is painted with broad and fluid strokes, while building on her classical training.
She uses the subject of wax paper to both shroud and illuminate the beauty of the human form, provoking inquiry into the historical and contemporary motivations for depicting the female body. Valeri lives and teaches in San Francisco, where she directs Sadie Valeri Atelier, an art school for adult students of classical and contemporary realism.
Sadie Valeri Paintings:
This coming November, artists will have the opportunity to learn from Valeri at the 2nd Annual Figurative Art Convention & Expo in Miami, Florida. Learn about the workshops and scholarships, and enter to win a free ticket at figurativeartconvention.com.