Hairy Vagina Censored

female nude painting censored

A tattooed, pipe smoking nude female flashing her manicured muff has been censored in London.. shock horror! The skeptic in me says “nothing like a bit of censorship to get the word out, for free” but the old conservative man in me says “tone down the come-hither look and nobody would have a problem with it” (just so we’re clear, I’m not old or conservative, I don’t sit in any boxes). People are trying to make it about the pubic hair or the strength exuded by the woman or whatever, but lets be honest, it’s about the come-screw-me look being shoved in front of kids.

Here she is below, in all her censored glory! ;-) Click on the picture to see the full uncensored painting. I recently put ads on Art News Blog and advertisers have a problem with painted nudes being on the same page as their advertisements. I’m tired of eating dried noodles so I decided to work around the problem. This nude Sarah Palin painting was deemed too offensive so it doesn’t take much to be a bad boy now! Until I win the lottery you’ll just have to click on the nudes to see them.

sexy nude woman censoredLeena McCall – Portrait of Ms Ruby May, Standing

The Mall Galleries had the following to say about the censored painting..

As an educational arts charity, the federation has a responsibility to its trustees and to the children and vulnerable adults who use its galleries and learning centre. After a number of complaints regarding the depiction of the subject and taking account of its location en route for children to our learning centre, we requested the painting was removed.

I don’t have a problem with their reason for taking it down. If it’s a gallery with no other attachments then I think you should be able to be as filthy as you want, but also have warnings on the door. At the end of the day, the artist and the gallery have benefited greatly as people are now talking about them.

See the Twitter account of the artist Leena McCall here. There’s also quite a discussion on erotic censorship going on over at the Guardian website here.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Hi, Dion

    Ironically it was the Society For Women Artists who put on this exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, the Society’s 153rd annual exhibition. The Federation of British Artists runs the Gallery, which is virtually next door to Buckingham Palace. It’s a very prestigious venue and doesn’t need cheap publicity. I was invited to one of its previews. The Prince of Wales turned up and the wine flowed like water. I got pissed and made a disgrace of myself!

    There were two problems with Leena McCall’s painting. Firstly the preview was a very posh affair in aid of a cancer charity. That’s where the complaints came from. Secondly, this wasn’t a nude. It was a fully dressed woman with her trousers open to expose herself. That’s what caused the ruckus. A nude would have been fine, with or without pudic hair; but a female flasher, that’s beyond the pale!

  2. haha Ian, so they probably won’t be inviting you back anytime soon? ;-)

    And yeah, the whole pubic hair thing or the empowered woman thing is just nonsense. If it was a guy there in the same pose with his old fella hanging out it would be no different, but this whole sexually empowered woman crap has to be brought into the discussion! It’s silly. I like offensive art as much as the next person but there’s a time and a place for everything.

    I might write a post one day called “Marketing with Censorship: How to profit from having a painting banned”
    I believe the artist is keen to have the painting back so she can start selling prints of it.. and I say good for her, I would do the same.

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