Alyssa Monks


These stunning works are not photographs, they are oil paintings by Alyssa Monks, a talented New Jersey native. She began painting as a child and went on to earn degrees from numerous schools and has lectured at universities and institutions nation wide. I don’t think I will ever cease to be amazed by the talented artists that can create photo quality art from different mediums. Truly lovely.    pb

From the artist’s bio…

“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,” Alyssa states, “I am exploring the possibility and potential where representational painting and abstraction meet – if both can coexist in the same moment.”

Spotted on The Jealous Curator


7 Responses to “Alyssa Monks”

  1. wow….thats amazing:)

  2. Wow, thanks for sharing those! Truly and completely amazing!

  3. Incredible! I would love to be able to paint……such a gift!

  4. 5 Rene Marzuk

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I totally love you blog!

    I have nominated you to The Liebster Award! Thank you for all the inspiration you share!
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    Have a great day!
    Best regards,

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