For me as an artist a beautiful nude is invariably based on one that preceded it- sometimes by more than two and a half thousand years.

When I establish a pose with the model we set out from a Greco-Roman or Renaissance pose or ‘template’ such as the 5th century river-god, Ilissus from the west pediment of the Parthenon, Athens. Then a new pose develops organically as I get the model to move. Even though the resulting pose may be very different, it always reflects the original template, long established and often used by other painters and sculptors.

With this set I am going to explore the sources of the nudes and their trajectory in my images with photographs of the original sculptures-for it is generally a sculpture that inspired the pose-juxtaposing the original with the pictures that emerged from it.

I am grateful to the Czech art historian, Marie Pardyova for providing me with some photographs and assisting me with her percipient scholarship for this set.