Nude paintings at the Kavli.

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Here are the five paintings that have been on display at the Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks. From left to right: A Neolithic Wedding, Fama, The Reluctant Death of Modernism, Two Girls Swimming, A Girl Swimming. A Neolithic Wedding comes straight out of my interest in prehistoric British art and architecture. Their tattoos are based on Neolithic rock art. Fama is set in the future, in a post-collapse scenario where Western civilization has reverted to our ancient practices. The Reluctant Death of Modernism is a poke at the arrogance of the modernist idea that painting is dead. What nonsense! People will always value the miracle of image making. However, this fashionable period of Modernism and Postmodernism will certainly pass away, just as every trend in art does. Two Girls Swimming  is a fairly straight-forward study of the way water distorts the shape of the body swimming beneath it, while A Girl Swimming is much more complex, making reference to Pre-Raphaelite paintings of Ophelia and mermaids.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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