Alyssa Monks (III).
September 2, 2011 § 1 Comment
I’ve posted about Alyssa Monks not once, but twice already. But she recently started offering prints of her work on her website so I’m re-lusting all over again. Her ability to paint flesh is incredible and if I had the money to buy an original painting, I’d start with her (and then Carrie Mae Weems and Melissa Cooke).
From Monk’s bio:
“Monks’ paintings explore the tension between abstraction and realism, using different filters to visually distort and disintegrate the body. In this shallow painted space, the subject is pushing against our real space. Strokes of thick paint in delicate color relationships are pushed and pulled to imitate glass, steam, water and flesh. “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,” Alyssa states, “Realism and Abstraction are in a symbiotic relationship – they need each other to exist and eventually become the same.””