Kloosterboer on Visions of Venus

Kloosterboer on Visions of Venus

In celebration of the Visions of Venus exhibition that was held at the Zhou B Art Center, in Chicago, Illinois, from April 20th through June 8th of 2018, I’m highlighting a selection of ten artworks.


Throughout history, Venus has stood as the great archetype of love, beauty, enticement, seduction, sexuality, eroticism, fertility, desire and prosperity. As the goddess of love, she was seen as having blessed the unions of mortals by taming and assimilating the male essence and blending it with the female. As a fertility symbol, she was revered as the mother of the Roman people. As a “changer of hearts,” she was seen as a transformative force that encouraged her followers to cherish their sexuality and celebrate it in the context of love, marriage and family. In yet another incarnation, she was seen as the motivator of women on behalf of the military and the state. In all of her aspirations and intents, she is still perceived today as the embodiment of all things feminine and the complementary opposite of her male cognate, Mars. Venus, whether in a contemporary or classical incarnation, represents the female way of being, seeing and creating.


Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt is the co-curator of The Bennett Collection, a collection of contemporary figurative realist paintings of women that she co-created with her collaborator and spouse, Steven Alan Bennett. She is a student of classical mythology and well-known presence among collectors of figurative realist paintings.

Jason E. McPhillips — The Anadyomene (The Rising)
Doug Webb — Break Every Chain
Carrie Pearce — Dreamgirl
Daggi Wallace — Goddess
Donna Bates — Goddess of the Now
Kelly Birkenruth — Venus contemplating her Adolescence
Daniel Maidman — 1952
Mike Brewer — Venus Visits the Homestead Resort
Tina Spratt — Venus
Tyler Streeter — Combattente

Participating Artists

Aleah Chapin — Alessandro Tomassetti — Alexandra Manukyan — Anna Wypych — Carmen Chami — Carrie Pearce — Christopher Cart — Daggi Wallace — Daire Lynch — Daniela Kovačić — Daniel Maidman — David Molesky — Debra Balchen — Debra Livingston — Dianne Gall — Donna Bates — Doug Webb — Elizabeth Claire Ospina — Elliott Stokes — Erin Anderson — Graham Bruce Richards — Hannah Moghbel — Injung Oh — James Daniel — Jan Nelson — Janet Cook — Jason McPhillips — Jennifer Hartzler — Jessica Benjamin — Jodi Gerbi — Joe Nicastri — John Hun — Julie Bell — Julyan Davis — Kelly Birkenruth — Kirsten Stingle — Kyrin Hobson — Leslie Thiel — Linda Tracey Brandon — Marco Gallotta — Mike Brewer — Pegah Samale — Regina Jacobson — Rick Price — Robert Stanley — Sarah Stieber — Scott O’Neil — Steven DaLuz — Suzanne Anan — Tina Spratt — Tyler Streeter — Victoria Selbach — Wesley Wofford

Artist painting contemporary realist still lifes. Author of Painting in Acrylics. Loves writing about art, artists & exhibitions. Visit www.art-lorena.com.

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