Life Undressed: Mythical, Romantic, & Emotional

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Recognized New York City watercolor artist, Emily Stedman, opens her new nude painting show, Life Undressed, at the NOHO/M55 Gallery from January 27th-February 14, 2015. Each painting is accompanied by a mythical, romantic, or emotional story, designed to give the viewer an immediate emotional connection and can be PREVIEWED HERE:

Life Undressed is Stedman's second exhibition in the "undressed" project series. Her first "undressed" show, held at M55 Gallery located in Long Island City, was titled Relationships Undressed and featured couples in loving, romantic and erotic relationships.

The new paintings are similar in spirit, but her nudes now are woven together with tales relating to the subject's everyday experiences, dilemmas and hardships. Stedman feels that storytelling is a part of life, intrinsic to most cultures and helps people make sense of the world. While the nude transcends time, the telling of stories too is as basic to human beings as eating. Maybe more so, since while food allows us to live, stories are what make our lives worth living.

Stedman's style of watercolor is described by Josey Bartlett, Art Editor of the Queens Chronicle:
"The way Stedman paints is just as organic as her subject matter. She doesn't meticulously mix colors, but instead throws the paints onto the parchment and allows the colors to mix.
For the dark skin of the male ... Stedman threw down yellow and purple and allowed the complementary colors to mingle and create brown."

An OPENING RECEPTION for Life Undressed will be held at NOHO/M55 Gallery on Thursday January 29th from 5-8 pm. RSVP is requested, but not required. The show runs from January 27 - February 14. A preview of the show can be viewed at

The address for NOHO/M55 Gallery is 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor, New York, New York, located in the heart of the Chelsea Fine Art District. The gallery is easily accessible from the C and E trains. Get off at the 23rd street stop, exit at the 25th street exit, and walk 2 1/2blocks west towards 11th Ave. Noho Gallery is between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11AM - 6PM. Information about NOHO/M55 Gallery is available at or by calling 212-367-7063.

For additional information and high resolution images, please contact Emily Stedman at 917-549-0318 or estedman(at)tiac(dot)net.

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