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The nation is suffering a post-Love Island slump. Rise Art thinks about why we got so hooked and highlights artworks that channel the Love Island spirit.

By Aimee Morris | 26 Jul 2017

A record-breaking 2.43 million viewers tuned in to the Love Island finale on Monday evening. Rise Art team members may have added one or two to that number. Cough. Okay maybe a few more. Let’s just say that we can confirm that post-Love Island blues is a thing.


Back is Black by Stella Kapezanou


So what got us so hooked? No doubt the bronzed bootys and sculpted six-packs have much to do with it. Let’s admit, a villa-load of sexy singletons battling it out in a blindfolded snogging contest is head turning stuff.


Supply & Demand (Lust) by Rebecca Mason


But maybe the Love Island sensation is about more than just indulging in guilty, voyeuristic pleasures. Beneath the catfights and the self-tan, the bromances and bulging muscles, is an age-old human drama. Love. We spend our lives seeking it. We find it, we lose it. We fall head over heels in it. We get love struck and love sick. 


They would love each other until the very end by Gillie and Marc Schattner


If there’s anything that makes us human, it’s our capacity to love. Over the centuries, poets and playwrights have lyricised about love, musicians have sung about it, and artists have depicted it. Think The Kiss by Auguste Rodin or Pierre-Auguste Cot’s Springtime. Love is an inexhaustive subject, though perhaps impossible to fully capture. And ever impossible to grasp.


The Kiss by Auguste Rodin and Springtime Pierre-Auguste Cot


In the spirit of love and to combat the post-Love Island slump, we've selected five artworks to slobber over, ITV 2-style.

Promise by Sarah Harvey


Calm by Peter Hawkins


The Proposal by Diana Rosa Latourt


Perfect Match by Julia Blackshaw


Kama Sutra by Agnese Taurina


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