Welsh artist, Sylvia Sleigh was an important part of New York's feminist movement in the 1960s. A realist painter, she is most well-known for her explicit paintings of nude males. It was an attempt to challenge traditional art, which depicted women in such scenes as sexual images of desire.
Although she was born in Wales, Sleigh studied at Brighton Art School, and then moved to New York where she met her husband, Lawrence Alloway, an art critic. At her home, she painted portraits that expressed the friendship between herself and her models; she went into great detail, making sure she painted every body hair and tan-line in order to reject the image of the idealised and perfect body. Her goal was not take away the sensuality of the body, but its objectification.
Tate Liverpool is holding a free exhibition of her work between the 8th February - 3rd May. It will be the first public display of her work in the UK since 1953 when she had a solo exhibit at Kensington Art Gallery in 1953. This will be the largest collection of her work yet to be shown.