22News followed up on a viewer complaint about a painting of a topless woman on display in Chicopee Center.
The large painting sits in the window of ‘Oops! an art experience’ at the corner of Exchange and Center Streets. 22News spoke with the artist and owner of Oops! an art experience, Johnny Miranda, who said he’s glad his art got people talking.
Some viewers have called @WWLP22News complaining about a painting of a topless woman in a window of a gallery in #Chicopee Center. What do you think?? Inappropriate or no big deal? ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/WNsEzS7Ed5— Monica Ricci (@MonicaWWLP) March 21, 2019
“I’m really, really surprised that people were offended because it’s art, but I apologize if anyone was offended or caused any sensitivities,” he explained. “I just think that when you do art and you create art, you have to take away every barrier and boundary that’s limiting you from letting your work come alive.”
The reason the painting is in the window is because Johnny is hosting an art show at Oops! an art experience Friday night. This piece, in particular, is near and dear to his heart.
“This piece is actually my mom,” Johnny said. “So, I wanted to capture that raw nature of love and purity of my mom.”
Johnny’s mom lives in Puerto Rico, and actually has the original piece hanging in her living room.
Johnny told 22News he invites whoever is offended by his painting to his gallery and art show, so they can have a conversation about the importance of art
“I think it’s really important too that this created a buzz because we’re in this moment of liberation and women are so empowered,” he said.
Johnny also said that it’s not uncommon to see nudity in art.
“If you go to Rome, and you are going to take your kids to Rome to see certain statues and things like that, you’re going to see much more than just a pair of breast.”
WEB EXTRA: Inspiration behind the painting and an explanation from the artist
Johnny hosts an art show featuring different artists at Oops! an art experience every month. His business supports an enterprise called Institute of Abilities, which helps them hire individuals with disabilities who have a hard time finding work.
22News asked you whether you thought the painting and its placement was inappropriate or no big deal at all.