Sylvia Sleigh
Welsh-American artist



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Sylvia Sleigh
Welsh-American artist
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Birth Date

May 08, 1916

Death Date

October 24, 2010

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Born May 8, 1916 - Died October 24, 2010

Feminist artist best known for turning traditional portraiture on it head by painting nude men as a reclining Venus or odalisque.

Unlike Ingres, Titian, and countless other male artists who painted female nudes as unconscious, helpless, objects of desire, she strove to present the sexes as equal. Her men are sensitive, intelligent, and thoughtful.

In 2007, when asked if women had achieved greater gender equality in the art world, she responded that although women had made great strides in the government and corporate world, it was still very difficult in the art world for a woman to find a gallery.

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Sylvia Sleigh (8 May 1916 – 24 October 2010) was a Welsh-born naturalised American realist painter.

Early life and education

Sleigh was born in Llandudno, and studied at the Brighton School of Art. After attending college, she received a job at a clothing store for women on Bond Street to dress customers. She had the opportunity to provide Vivien Leigh, an award-winning actress, with assistance. In Brighton, England, she had decided to continue her passion for fashion by opening her clothing store. She had to close her store because World War ll had prevented her from moving and completing work. It would encourage her to return to painting. She moved to London in 1941 after marrying her first husband, Michael Greenwood. Her first solo exhibition was in 1953 at the Kensington Art Gallery. Sleigh met her second husband, Lawrence Alloway, a curator and art critic, while taking evening classes at the University of London; they married in 1954 and moved to the United States in 1961. The following year, Alloway became a curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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