Portrait Paintings & Prints Art Gallery Collection By Artist Doug Kemp

Artist Nudes & An example from Pre History

Old nudes – The oldest nude used in art can be dated back to prehistory. The Venus of Willendorf’ (A small 11 cm high naked female figurine made out of limestone) was discovered in Austria in 1907 and is believed to have been made some 25,000 years ago, some 20,000 years older than the oldest pyramid.

Many similar female figurines have been found and are traditionally referred to by archaeologists as “Venus figurines”, this is due to the widely-held belief that depictions of nude women with exaggerated sexual features represented a Mother goddess or a representation of fertility. However the reference to Venus is metaphorical since the figurines predate the Roman mythological figure of Venus by many thousands of years.

View the Venus of Willendorf in 3D

The nude in art has always been around, right from classical times with classical Gods and Goddesses wandering through landscapes as they drank and danced with nothing much on….Lovely!

Then came the Nordic Gods. By the fourteenth century, two separate traditions had developed, the Renaissance and the Gothic. I am definitely of the Gothic tradition.

My nudes fall into three group headings, all made for different reasons.

  1. Arcadian nudes, almost classical but the most surreal because I was married then.
  2. Girly magazine nudes. I became saddened because the lovely smiling Betty Page type nudes turned into pornographic sad exploited young girls and I wanted to give them some dignity back.
  3. Structured nudes. The square format is supposed to be the hardest shape to work a figure into, hence the figures became more and more structured and abstracted. Doug Kemp.
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Arcadia Series Nude Fine Art Paintings

Arcadia, although also being the name of a region in Greece, as in this series of canvas paintings it also refers to ancient Greek mythology.

Located in the Peloponnese (A geographic region in southern Greece), Arcadia was considered to be a wilderness in which the God Pan resided, along with his dryads, nymphs and other spirits (but not Ouzo at the time).

Nymphs. These are Mythological spirits of nature depicted as a beautiful nude women who inhabit rivers and forests.

Dryads. These are nymphs who inhabit trees.

The God Pan, in Greek mythology, was a deity of the wild, fertility, sexuality and rustic music and taught the shepherd Daphnis to play the Pan flute. In the Arcadia series of paintings, the point of view is that of Pan (so he is not seen). Pan’s traditional appearance in art is that of a Satyr, a more or less bestial in form, and is generally represented as a vigorous and lustful figure having horns, legs, and the ears of a goat. However, his mother still loved him.

Pan had a mighty roar and could display excessive speed without tiring, he had the ability to travel between Mount Olympus and the human realm at any time he chose.

Pan also had the ability to transform objects into something else or other forms. And is known for his varility and for possessing a great sense of humor.

Don’t Panic!  The modern word “panic” in actual fact comes from the God Pan. In mythology Pan, helped his ally in battle by letting out a mighty roar.   This cry scared the enemys which caused them to retreat in terror.  Pan’s cry during battle would later become the origin of the word panic.

Pan’s main weakness was that of lust, forever chasing after nymphs & dryads.  Because he was a satyr, (Half man, half goat) he was considered unattractive despite always being constantly sexually arowsed and virulent.  Pan was blinkered as was only able to comprehend the lighter and happier human emotions, the causality of pain and suffering were completely alien to him.

Arcadia 1 The Viewing Of Arcadia 50x55 Inches Acrylic Painting On Canvas 1990s Arcadia Pop art Collection Doug Kemp Art

Arcadia V1, The viewing of Arcadia.

Arcadia v1, The viewing of Arcadia. 127 cm x 140 cm Acrylic painting on canvas, part of the 1990s & Arcadia collections.

Arcadia 2 Acrylic Painting On Canvas 1990s Arcadia Pop Art Greek Collection Doug Kemp

Arcadia v2.

Arcadia v2. 127 cm x 140 cm. Acrylic painting on canvas, part of the 1990s & Arcadia collections.

The Artist & Model Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 1990s Arcadia Art Collection Doug Kemp

Artist & Model.

The Artist & Model. Acrylic painting on canvas, part of the 1990s & Arcadia series.

Phantoms Of Bordello Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 1990s Arcadia PopArt Collection - Doug Kemp

Phantoms Of THE Bordello.

Phantoms of the Bordello. Acrylic painting on canvas, part of the 1990s & Arcadia series.

Odalisk Acrylic Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 1990s Nude Arcadia Art Collection Doug Kemp

Odalisk.

Odalisk. Acrylic painting on canvas, part of the 1990s & Arcadia series.

An Odalisk is a woman slave in a harem and the term is also used as an artistic representation, often highly eroticized, of such a slave.

Nude Paintings On Paper

Alert!    These nude acrylic paintings on paper are being reworked and will be available as Giclee prints soon.  Complete the form for notification of their release.
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Take Me 48x36 Inches Acrylic Painting On Paper 1990s Nude Pop Art Doug Kemp

Take Me

Take Me. Acrylic painting on paper from the 1990s series. This painting will soon be available as a Giclee print.

Dark Nude 24x24 Inches Acrylic Painting On Paper 1990s Collection Doug Kemp Artist

Dark Nude

Dark Nude. Acrylic painting on paper from the 1980s series.

Industrial Still Life V2 Acrylic Painting On Paper 1980s Artist Series Doug Kemp

Industrial Still Life V2

Industrial still life, v2. Acrylic painting on paper from the 1980s series.

Nudes Print Collection

Eventually, all of my nude print work (Linocut & Silk screen) will be available as Giclee prints as a signed limited edition. Further, unsigned copies may also be available in due course.

Semi Nude & States Of Undress. Prints & Canvas

My nude artwork draws reference from personal experience, the Gothic and Renaissance periods, comic books, film noir and gangster movies from the 1930s & 1940s and 2000 years of great art.

In due course, all of my nudes on canvas, paper and print work (Linocut & Silk screen) will be available as Giclees as a signed limited edition. Further, unsigned copies may also be available in due course.

Little Egypt 45x48 Inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 1980s Nude Art Series Doug Kemp

Little Egypt

Little Egypt. 114 x 122 cm Acrylic painting on canvas from the 1990s series. This painting will soon be available as a Giclee print.

Lucy 45x48 Inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 1980s Pop-art Series Doug Kemp Art

Lucy

Lucy. 114 x 122 cm Acrylic painting on canvas from the 1990s series. This painting will soon be available as a Giclee print.

The Studio V2 72x65 Inches Acrylic Painting On Canvas 1990s Self Portrait Art Series Doug Kemp

The Studio V2

The Studio, V2. 183 x 165 cm Acrylic painting on canvas part of the 1990s, self portrait, Art lovers series.

Conga Life 40x50 Inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 2000s Fine Art Collection Doug Kemp

Conga Life

Conga Life. 101 x 127 cm Acrylic painting on canvas from the 2000s collection. Why did the gangster cross the road? Because he was dancing the Conga.

The Beach - Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 1990s Art Collection Doug Kemp

The Beach

The Beach. Acrylic painting on canvas from the 2000s series.

Walk Like An Egyptian Acrylic Painting On Paper 1980s Pop Art Collection Doug Kemp

Walk Like An Egyptian

Walk Like an Egyptian. Acrylic painting on paper from the 1990s series.

Freddie Mills Pop Art Painting on Canvas 50×45 Inches Murder Gangster 2000s - Doug Kemp Art

Freddy Mills Painting

Freddie Mills. Acrylic painting on canvas 50×45 inches depicting the murder/suicide (?) of the 1940s/1950s British champion boxer and one of the first TV sports personalities, Freddie Mills.

On 24 July 1965, Mills was found dead in his car, with a bullet hole through his…

Art Story Freddy Mills
The Three Gracie's 50x45 inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas Modern Times 2000s Collection - Doug Kemp

The Three Gracies.

The Three Gracies. Homage to The Three Graces, Euphrosyne, Aglaia and Thalia: Three goddesses in Greek mythology in whom beauty was defined and were part of Aphrodite’s gang. – 114 x 127 cm Acrylic painting on canvas from the 2000s collection.

Flying Tonight Ft Bettie Page 50x45 inches 2000s Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas Modern Times 2000s Collection Doug Kemp Art

Flying Tonight.

Flying Tonight. Featuring Bettie Page. 114 x 127 cm Acrylic painting on canvas from the 2000s collection.

Good Old Summertime - 50x45 inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas Modern Times 2000s Collection - Doug Kemp Art

Good Old Summertime.

Good Old Summertime. 114 x 127 cm Acrylic painting on canvas from the 2000s collection.

Poor Marie Prevost - Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 50x45 Inches 2000s Murder Suicide Art Collection - Doug Kemp Art

Poor Marie

Poor Marie. Acrylic painting on canvas 45 x 50 inches. Marie Prevost was a Canadian born film actress. During her 20-year career, she made 121 silent and sound films. Prevost’s career began to decline in 1926 with the introduction of the talkies into cinema.

She is rumoured to be the source of the phrase “Doggies Dinner” – at least in the song by Nick Lowe, anyway. Find out why in her art story.

Art Story Marie Provost
Nudes Knickers Female Nude Form Paintings Creative Fine Art Series Doug Kemps Art Gallery

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

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Doug Kemp, Castle Godwyn paradise in 1968

The Kursaal, 50×45 Inches Pop Art Painting on Canvas Dancing 2000s 2for1 - Doug Kemp Art

The Kursaal.

The Kursaal. Acrylic painting on canvas 45 x 50 inches. Happy memories – In my youth at the Kursaal, there was a cage in which a girl in baby doll pyjamas lay in bed, above her head there was a bullseye which energetic youths tossed hard balls at, if they hit the bullseye

Art Story The Kursaal
Jacks Hat (Jack McVitie Gangster) Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 50×45 inches Murder Gangster 2000s Collection - Doug Kemp Art

Jack’s Hat.

Jack’s Hat. Painting on canvas 127 x 127 cm. Referencing Jack Dennis McVitie, more commonly known as ‘Jack the Hat’. He was an English criminal from London during the 1950s and 1960s. He is posthumously known for triggering the imprisonment and downfall of the Kray twins.

Soho Boogie Woogie - Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 50x45 inches 2000s Dancing Art Collection - Doug Kemp Art

Soho Boogie Woogie.

Soho Boogie Woogie. Painting on canvas. Gang life in London is nothing new – but while we are shocked by crimes in our modern city, I can’t help but be fascinated by those from when I lived there in my early years. Soho was known then as a den of vice.