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artchipel:

Curator’s Monday 155 - Artist on Tumblr

Alyssa Monks | on Tumblr (b.1977, USA)

Brooklyn-based artist Alyssa Monks is a figurative painter, blurring the line between abstraction and realism. “Using filters such as glass, vinyl, water, and steam, I distort the body in shallow painted spaces. These filters allow for large areas of abstract design - islands of color with activated surfaces - while bits of the human form peak through. In a contemporary take on the traditional bathing women, my subjects are pushing against the glass “window”, distorting their own body, aware of and commanding the proverbial male gaze. Thick paint strokes in delicate color relationships are pushed and pulled to imitate glass, steam, water and flesh from a distance. However, up close, the delicious physical properties of oil paint are apparent. Thus sustaining the moment when abstract paint strokes become something else. When I began painting the human body, I was obsessed with it and needed to create as much realism as possible. I chased realism until it began to unravel and deconstruct itself, I am exploring the possibility and potential where representational painting and abstraction meet - if both can coexist in the same moment.” Monks’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work is represented in public and private collections.

© All images courtesy of the artist

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ashleyfrostart:

“North Melbourne Study 20”
Oil on board
18x18cm 
University of Wollongong collection 2013
www.ashleyfrost.com.au

ashleyfrostart:

North Melbourne Study 20

Oil on board

18x18cm 

University of Wollongong collection 2013

www.ashleyfrost.com.au

mfjr:

Oil paintings by Alyssa Monks.

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faypants:

Three photos taken in the same place, different times of the year.

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oakstreet:

whenyouwereapostcard:

James McNeill Whistler Nocturne in Black and Gold The Falling Rocket 1875

I just saw this painting last week at the DIA, I remember my brother and I were just standing there looking at it together and nothing else for a few minutes.

oakstreet:

whenyouwereapostcard:

James McNeill Whistler
Nocturne in Black and Gold The Falling Rocket
1875

I just saw this painting last week at the DIA, I remember my brother and I were just standing there looking at it together and nothing else for a few minutes.