ABOUT

Sexy Art Gallery offers provocative art & designs of these genres:

Fine art, Pop surrealism, Fetish art, Erotica, Pop art, Gothic art, Pin-up, Glamour, Street art, Punk visual art, Kitsch and more.

Founded by Creative Producer Zaki Silverman (36) (BSc in Business Studies and Media, Cass Business School, City University, London, UK) and Production Designer Shiren E.Silverman (34) (Design for Film & Theatre, Chelsea College of Art and Fashion studies, Saint Martins College, London, UK) who lives and works in a variety of cosmopolitan cities around the globe. During their travels they were exposed to numerous sub-cultures which addressed different notions of sexiness. These experiences along with a great passion for aesthetics and the provocative inspired their vision which involved setting up the Sexy Art Gallery that specializes in exhibiting, promoting and selling provocative art created by an array of talented international artists. While conducting extensive research, Zaki & Shiren developed a broad understanding of the relevant genres and sub-cultures, enabling them to discover visually exceptional provocative art.

Sexy Art Gallery mission is to advocate and encourage an openness and willingness to enjoy provocative art. Sexy Art Gallery is based on the premise that sexy and provocative art can stimulate a positive atmosphere wherever it is placed, and can potentially spice up the lives of creative, intelligent and sexually sophisticated people.

Since Dec 2009 Sexy Art Gallery at the Erotic Museum in Amsterdam started as a Co-project to establish a contemporary Sexy Art Gallery at the Erotic Museum in Amsterdam. The Museum in the Red Light District is the first that offers a platform for contemporary artists through Sexy Art Gallery to expose and sell their provocative artworks. The project is an initiative of the people behind the Erotic Museum and Zaki & Shiren Silverman (curators Sexy Art Gallery) and give permanent base to artists from all over the world. The project is a unique concept that aims to link artists, collectors, press, new media, and people like you and me.

Sexy Art Gallery work with brands who want to affiliate themselves with provocative art and artists. Provocative art can move your brand forward. Customers can identify themselves with art whether it’s Pop Art, Glamour Art, Street Art, Photography or any other art form. We can advise your brand on which artist to work with. If you are looking for a top photographer, a street or pop art project, or art to promote your brand in stores, bars, clubs or hotels. Contact us and we’ll help you connect with the right artists to promote your brand.

Sexy Art Gallery registered in the Netherlands; Chamber of commerce no. 34384980 VAT no. NL558990551B01

* Zaki Silverman (SAG Co-founder) is available for guided tours at the Erotic Museum in Amsterdam and for lectures titled ‘From early times erotica to contemporary provocative art…’ please contact us for bookings or for more information.

It is important for us to provide our customers with as much information as possible about the artworks they are purchasing. If you are thinking of placing an order with SexyArtGallery.com for the first time, this page will provide you with all the necessary details about our artworks and the high levels of quality you can expect from us.

Original Art and Commissions – Original art is one of a kind. The customer has the opportunity to own a masterpiece which is hand made by the artist. Original art can be viewed as decoration, an artistic statement, and if you choose wisely, a good investment.

SexyArtGallery.com offers a selection of original highly collectable drawings and paintings. We also provide customers with the opportunity to commission original work. please contact us for further details.

PAINTING

Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments that are bound with a medium of drying oil — especially in early modern Europe, linseed oil. Often oil such as linseed was boiled with a resin such as pine resin or even frankincense; these were called ‘varnishes’ and were prized for their body and gloss. Other oils occasionally used include poppysee oil, walnut oil, and safflower oil. These oils confer various properties to the oil paint, such as less yellowing or different drying times. Certain differences are also visible in the sheen of the paints depending on the oil. Painters often use different oils in the same painting depending on specific pigments and effects desired. The paints themselves also develop a particular feel depending on the medium.

Watercolor and also aquarelle, from French, is a painting method. A watercolor is the medium or the resulting artwork, in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water soluble vehicle. The traditional and most common support for watercolor paintings is paper.

Acrylic paint is fast-drying paint containing pigment suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water, but become water-resistant when dry. Depending on how much the paint is diluted (with water) or modified with acrylic gels, media, or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media.

Gouache is a type of paint consisting of pigment suspended in water. Gouache differs from watercolor in that the particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher, and an additional, inert, white pigment such as chalk is also present. Like all watermedia, it is diluted with water. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque, with greater reflective qualities.

OTHER MEDIA

Pencil / Charcoal / Chalk – Ordinary lead pencils are made of graphite mixed with variable amounts of clay according to the degree of hardness required, with the softest varieties containing little or no clay. The paper texture must be coarse so that it ‘files’ down the pencil. Charcoal, due to its crumbly nature, can be used either for wispy strokes or shading, and is good for creating strong dark lines – the drawback with charcoal is that it smudges and tends to break easily. Chalk is usually used for shading.

Pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints; the binder is of a neutral hue and low saturation.

Ink has been used for many centuries in the Far East, and used to be sold in sticks that were rubbed with water in shallow mortars. Modern ink is sold in liquid form, either soluble or waterproof; the former is more suited to fine lines and delicate manipulations and effects, and coloured ink can be applied to wet paper to produce magnificent spreading effects.

Digital art is an umbrella term for a range of artistic works and practices that utilize digital technology. Since the 1970s various names have been used to describe what is now called digital art including computer art and multimedia art but digital art is itself placed under the larger umbrella term new media art.

The impact of digital technology has transformed traditional activities such as painting, drawing and sculpture, while new forms, such as net art, digital installation art, and virtual reality, have become recognized artistic practices. More generally the term digital artist is used to describe an artist who makes use of digital technologies in the production of art.

Limited Edition Prints – Limited edition prints are extremely popular. The true translation of original paintings / digital work into limited editions broadens the range of collectors that can enjoy the artworks. The hand written signature and number which appears on each print is a crucial element of the piece, since it guarantees not only the size, but the authenticity of the edition. The plates, films and various materials employed during the reproduction process are all destroyed following printing, which further ensures their authenticity.

Sexy Art Gallery ensures the highest quality of craft, materials and artistic ambition, providing genuine reproductions of paintings / digital artworks to limited editions. Printmaking is also an established art form, and when merged with contemporary art, it guarantees exceptional representations of original oils, watercolors and pastels in the form of editions of superb quality.

Fine Art Paper Prints – Ideal for framing or a portfolio collection. The print is produced with the Giclee method on acid-free 315gsm museum quality archival paper.

Prints on Stretched Canvas – a simple, clean and stunning method for displaying artwork. The piece is printed with the Gliclee technique on high quality 340gsm Cotton Canvas..

The art of framing is an art in itself that requires creativity, professionalism and experience. A well made framework become an integral part of the artwork. Some of the artworks sold at Sexy Art Gallery are framed or stretched and ready for hanging (whether the artwork is framed or stretched it will be noted at the artwork’s details in the remarks section) and others sold without frames or stretching to reduce the shipping costs and to enable the customer to choose the artwork’s frame according to a personal taste and in accordance with the interior design. If you wish for advice on framing please feel free to contact us.

Creative framing at: http://www.framefetish.com/

The Sexy Art Gallery collection includes limited editions of work produced by means of offset lithography, silkscreen and the Giclee process.     

Offset Printing is a widely used printing technique where the inked image is transferred (or “offset”) from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion of oil and water, the offset technique employs a flat (planographic) image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a film of water, keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.

Advantages of offset printing compared to other printing methods include:

  • Consistent high image quality. Offset printing produces sharper and cleaner images and type than letterpress printing because the rubber blanket conforms to the texture of the printing surface.
  • Longer printing plate life than on direct litho presses because there is no direct contact between the plate and the printing surface.
  • The plates are destroyed in order that the authenticity and integrity of the limited edition print is maintained.

 Silkscreen printing: A screen is made of a piece of porous, finely woven fabric (originally silk, but typically made of polyester since the 1940s) stretched over a frame of aluminum or wood. Areas of the screen are blocked off with a non-permeable material to form a stencil, which is a positive of the image to be printed; that is, the open spaces are where the ink will appear. The screen is placed atop a substrate such as papyrus or fabric. Ink is placed on top of the screen, and a fill bar (also known as a floodbar) is used to fill the mesh openings with ink. The operator begins with the fill bar at the rear of the screen and behind a reservoir of ink. The operator lifts the screen to prevent contact with the substrate and then using a slight amount of downward force pulls the fill bar to the front of the screen. This effectively fills the mesh openings with ink and moves the ink reservoir to the front of the screen. The operator then uses a squeegee (rubber blade) to move the mesh down to the substrate and pushes the squeegee to the rear of the screen. The ink that is in the mesh opening is transferred by capillary action to the substrate in a controlled and prescribed amount, i.e. the wet ink deposit is equal to the thickness of the stencil. As the squeegee moves toward the rear of the screen the tension of the mesh pulls the mesh up away from the substrate leaving the ink upon the substrate surface.

Advantages of Silkscreen printing compared to other printing methods include:

  • The artist is involved during the creation of each edition, approving various stages and often making changes and additions, adding to the originality of the final item.

Giclée is an invented name for the process of making fine art prints from a digital source using ink-jet printing. The word “giclée”, from the French language word “le gicleur” meaning “nozzle”, or more specifically “gicler” meaning “to squirt, spurt, or spray”. The word “giclée,” as a fine art term, has come to be associated with prints using fade resistant “archival” inks (including solvent inks) and the inkjet printers that use them. These printers use the CMYK color process but may have multiple cartridges for variations of each color based on the CcMmYK color model (e.g. light magenta and light cyan inks in addition to regular magenta and cyan) which serves to increase the apparent resolution and color gamut and allows smoother gradient transitions. A wide variety of substrates are available including various textures and finishes such as matte photo paper, watercolor paper, or cotton canvas. Indeed, a new industry has been created in supplying the media for this emerging market. Artists tend to use these types of inkjet printing processes commonly called “Giclée” to make reproductions of their original two-dimensional artwork, photographs or computer generated art. Professionally produced inkjet prints are much more expensive on a “per print” basis than the traditional four color offset lithography process originally used to make such reproductions.

Advantages of Giclée printing compared to other printing methods include:

  • Inkjet printing has the added advantage of allowing the artist to control every aspect of the image, its color and the substrate printed on, and even allows the artist to own and operate the printer itself.

 Sexy Art Gallery brings you the sexiest art of these genres:

Fine art refers to arts that are “concerned with beauty or which appealed to taste”. The term was first attested in 1767, as a translation from the French term beaux arts and designates a limited number of visual art forms, including painting, sculpture, and printmaking. The term fine in ‘fine art’ comes from the concept of Final Cause, or purpose, or end, in the philosophy of Aristotle. The Final Cause of fine art is the art object itself; it is not a means to another end except perhaps to please those who behold it.

Pop surrealism is probably the most widely used name describing an underground visual art movement that arose in the Los Angeles, California, area in the late 1970s. Lowbrow is a widespread populist art movement with origins in the underground comix world, punk music, hot-rod street culture and other California subcultures. The majority of lowbrow artworks are paintings, with some sculptures.

Fetishism is a form of paraphilia where the object of affection is a specific inanimate object or part of a person’s body. Commonly fetishized items are shoes, lingerie, and specific materials such as satin, leather or fur. Although these forms of fetishism are the most common, fetishism, like other forms of human sexuality, can be extremely varied and can encompass almost any aspect of human behavior. Spandex leggings and leotards for example are fetishized, as are tight, shiny garments made of leather, rubber, or PVC. One basis of this fetish is that the material forms a “second skin” that acts as a fetishistic surrogate for the wearer’s own skin.

Erotica are works of art, including literature, photography, film, sculpture and painting that deal substantively with erotically stimulating or arousing descriptions. Erotica is rather a modern word used to describe the portrayal of human sensuality and sexuality with high-art aspirations.

Fantasy art is a genre of art that depicts magical or other supernatural themes, ideas, creatures or settings. While there is some overlap with science fiction, horror and other speculative fiction art, there are unique elements not generally found in other forms of speculative fiction art.

Pop art is a visual art movement that emerged in the mid 1950s in Britain and in the late 1950s in the United States. Pop art challenged tradition by asserting that an artist’s use of the mass-produced visual commodities of popular culture is contiguous with the perspective of Fine Art since Pop removes the material from its context and isolates the object, or combines it with other objects, for contemplation. The concept of pop art refers not as much to the art itself as to the attitudes that led to it.

Gothic art was a medieval art movement that lasted about 300 years. It began in France out of the Romanesque period in the mid-12th century, concurrent with Gothic architecture found in Cathedrals. By the late 14th century, it had evolved towards a more secular and natural style known as International Gothic, which continued until the late 15th century, where it evolved into Renaissance art. Gothic fashion can reflect an attraction to Eros through Thanatos, an attraction to the ‘darker’ side of sexuality.

Pin-up girl or pin-up model is a model whose mass-produced pictures see wide appeal as pop culture. Pin-up girls are often glamour models, fashion models and actresses. “Pin-up” may also refer to drawings, paintings and other illustrations done in emulation of these photos. Such photos often appear on calendars, which are meant to be pinned up anyway.

Glamour photography is the photographing of a model to emphasize the subject, instead of the fashions or products endorsed. In the early 1920s, photographers photographed celebrities to glamorize their stature. During World War II pin-up pictures of movie stars in swimsuits were extremely popular among servicemen. In the 1950s and early 1960s, photographers produced glamour images with partial nudity.

Street art is any “art” developed in public spaces that is, “in the streets” though the term usually refers to art of an illicit nature. The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, though it is often used to distinguish modern public-space artwork from traditional graffiti and the overtones of gang territoriality and vandalism associated with it.

Kitsch is a German word denoting art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art or a worthless imitation of art of recognized value. The concept is associated with the deliberate use of elements that may be thought of as cultural icons while making cheap mass-produced objects that are unoriginal. Kitsch also refers to the types of art that like-wise, are aesthetically deficient (whether or not being sentimental, glamorous, theatrical, or creative), and making creative gestures that merely imitate the superficial appearances of art through repeated conventions and formulae. Excessive sentimentality often is associated with the term.