Fine Art Nude like a Sculpture – from Waclaw Wantuch

Waclaw Wantuch Born 1965 in Tuchów. A graduate of the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts.  The author of the book “Kamień Wawelski?” (The Wawel stone?) – Castor, Cracow 1992; director of the stage performance “Kamień, światło, dzwięk” (Stone, Light, Sound) Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Cracow, 1992. He published the following photographic albums: Kraków (Sepia Collection, Cracow 2001); Akt (Bosz, Olszanica 2003); Kraków (Art Partner, Cracow 2003); Akt2 (Bosz, Olszanica 2006); Akty (Bosz, Olszanica 2010).

The bodies in his work are often so simplified in form as to appear abstract. He employs dramatic model positions, shallow depths of fields, and framing to create images of bodies that at times seem alien, or recall the decapitated torsos of greek statues.

He presents the nude figure in unusual and surprising ways. The models in his highly stylized black and white photographs are captured in dramatic positions against a vacant background. Many times they are cropped and contorted in a way that is completely unrecognizable as human. Each model’s body is tense with a compressed energy, where muscled limbs, perfect breasts and buttocks are bent in a way that is reminiscent of those seen on ancient Greek figures. Careful lighting enhances details like texture and moisture on the skin, also creating an elegant study of tone and form. Wantuch treats the body like a sculpture, full of repressed emotions that can only be expressed through its beauty, sexuality and and extremity.

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