Local artist Babe Wanamaker brings his latest collection Women of the Rockies to the Art Gallery of Golden. The exhibit will run January 12 to February 13. Dallin Cervo/Star Photo

Local artist brings his work to Art Gallery of Golden

A new art exhibit is coming to the Art Gallery of Golden and this one has a gentle PG advisory.

A new art exhibit is coming to the Art Gallery of Golden and this one has a gentle PG advisory.

Women of the Rockies is the latest collection from local artist Babe Wanamaker and will run from Friday January 12 until February 13. The collection features paintings of different women throughout the region.

Wanamaker is an international figure artist with works in collections all over North America, Europe and Asia. Now 73-years old, Wanamaker has been drawing and painting since he was a kid and has been showing professionally for the past 54 years in cities such as Toronto, London, Paris, and Sydney.

While Wanamaker has worked in many different areas of media and subject matter, women are his favourite subject. He estimates he has drawn over 1,000 women in his 54-year career. He has spent his life studying the human form so he can bring his work to life.

“It’s always fun working with these women because they’re all different,” Wanamaker said. “Some of them are so shy, but make incredible models and others are so blatant that you have to really train them to be good models.”

Wanamaker has created a wonderful water colour and liquid graphite technique that creates the sensual, soft body quality that is throughout his work.

He said his fascination began at the age of five when he spied a nude model from an artists cottage at the Doon School of Fine Arts. Wanamaker says he’s drawn towards women because he finds they give him a bottomless well from which to draw his compositions and that they capture not only the viewer, but the artist as well.

During each session, Wanamaker says the woman is in total control and can show as much or as little as she wants. While he may direct her in different poses, she always has the final say.

This will be Wanamaker’s second show at the Art Gallery of Golden after a successful show in 2012. Wanamaker said that he was able to sell a lot work at the last show and many people attended. He hopes this show can be just as successful and also introduce him to more people.

“I think it’s time people in the area know what I do,” Wanamaker said. “I hope they enjoy the show and that they appreciate it.”

The Art Gallery of Golden is holding an opening reception on Friday, January 12 from 5-7pm where you can meet Wanamaker and learn more about the various pieces.

The gallery has put a parental advisory on the show as many paintings contain mature content.

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