Posted by: Witch Doctor | April 3, 2013

When does art become pornography?

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And when does art become child abuse?

The Witch Doctor made this comment on 9 November 2012:

“There is no doubt that Graham Ovenden is a very talented artist. When art becomes pornography can be difficult. Presumably in the case of a child, it is to do with whether a child is used as a model and if so in what circumstances. It’s late. Will sleep on this!”

The Witch Doctor has slept on this dilemma and she is pleased to report that she now has a view on the matter.

However, her view is not the purpose of this post.

Rather it is to report that the child painter and photographer Graham Ovenden, whose artistic ability is not in doubt, has been convicted of child sex offences.

ARTIST GRAHAM OVENDEN CONVICTED OF HISTORIC CHILD SEX OFFENCES

GRAHAM OVENDEN : ARTIST THRIVED AMONG 1970S SELF–CONSCIOUS DECADENCE


Responses

  1. I wondered if you had seen this WD. Wonder what Lord McAlpine is thinking today..

  2. I suppose he, or any other art lovers who buy paintings, or more particularly photos, of scantily clothed children might now be wondering what went on behind the scenes.

  3. There is a lot more to this story than the Tate (or the mainstream press) realised, as published on artist-on-trial.blogspot.com, starting with the fact that Ovenden was acquitted of the serious sex charges (blindfolding and molesting/photographing his models). In addition, Ovenden was convicted of 3 photos and 2 “specimen” charges related to those same photos of 2 models, who, in their 20s, attested quite candidly and favorably about their images. (Both of them also testified at trial that Ovenden never abused them in any way.) Their prior statements about the images are published on the blogspot blog. (My wordpress blog is still being developed.)


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