Enchantress by Suthamma Ta Byrne
"For me, nudes are interesting to paint; I've had people say my Ladies are grotesque, fat and ugly. I think they are profoundly beautiful" says a passionate Ta. She wants each of her nude ladies to tell a humble story, "but you'll never know what it is, you can guess, and maybe you're right, but you'll never know".
Her ladies are voluptuous, perfectly imperfect, resilient and in control. Ta is profoundly sympathetic to each lady's journey and deeply respectful. Her admiration of the female form is humbling yet affirms their life, pride and glory. Every nude is celebrated and portrayed in an atmosphere of wonder and intrigue.
"My ladies have always been with me, my earliest drawings were nudes, when I had my first gallery on Samui, I used to have lots of Thais walking by furtively peeping into my shop with lots of kids giggling and sneaking a look, all because of my nudes, Thais don't normally do nudes'.