Photorealistic Paintings by Alyssa Monks
Gazing Through a Cooling Shower
New York-based painter Alyssa Monks uses filters such as glass, vinyl, water, and steam to distort the body in faded painted spaces. These filters allow for 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, her subjects are pushing against the glass, distorting their own bodies. Alyssa uses thick paint strokes in delicate color combinations to imitate glass, steam, water, and flesh from a distance. However, up close, the physical properties of oil paint become apparent.
Alyssa shares: "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."