The Sylvia Sleigh Endowment to Parity Productions

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"I wanted above all to express the equality of men and women." - Sylvia Sleigh 

Sylvia Sleigh, Photography by Judy SchillerParity Productions is thrilled to announce that the company has received an unprecedented donation of works of art from the estate of Sylvia Sleigh – the famed, progressive Welsh-born artist known for her works that equalized men and women and reversed stereotypical artistic themes by featuring nude men in poses that were traditionally associated with women. A feminist with a sense of verve and humor, Sylvia always enjoyed turning the tables in her work. 

A frequent inspiration and subject for her work was her beloved husband, Lawrence Alloway, a provocative British-American art critic and curator of the mid-twentieth century, whose writings significantly impacted the trajectory of postwar American art and its consumption by the public. Sylvia was a strong influence on his writing and is partially credited for the fact that Alloway was one of the first male art critics to make a point of reviewing works by women, especially feminist works, though he never wrote on his wife’s work. An ardent fan of his wife’s art, Lawrence sat for dozens of Sylvia’s paintings and drawings, some of which are part of the endowment to Parity Productions.

"We were both madly in love - we felt we could do anything - and we did! We felt it and we did!" - Sylvia Sleigh

Lawrence Alloway at Guntsfield, Ditchling, Sussex

Sleigh’s works have been shown all over the world and hang in the National Portrait Gallery in London, The Art Institute of Chicago and other major museums across the United States. Sleigh died at her New York home in 2010.
Parity Productions is offering these rare works of art for sale as a major fundraising initiative. Our company was given the gift based on our mission and focus on creating more opportunities for women and transgender artists.

"At a certain point I realized what my mission was. And that was to help women, to stress the importance of equality." - Sylvia Sleigh

Sylvia Sleigh talks equality. 
A clip from an interview with Sylvia Sleigh and other artists about the human figure and artistic process in connection with their work on view in the Smart Museum of Art exhibition "Go Figure". Video by The University of Chicago, images courtesy of I-20 Gallery.

"Why should men's genitals be sacred and ours not?" - Sylvia Sleigh

"I am a natural historian, I am always anxious that things should not melt away into nothingness." - Sylvia Sleigh