Hyperrealistic Oil Paintings by Alyssa Monks


The American painter Alyssa Monks began with oil painting when she was just a small child. Currently Alyssa paints the most beautiful oil paintings, the paintings are almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

Alyssa Monks Portrait

“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.”    Alyssa Monks


7 thoughts on “Hyperrealistic Oil Paintings by Alyssa Monks

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  2. These are so pointblank thus so poignant and just everyday-heartache,love,so abstract that they are becoming like a dressy dissertations on….,? they are so naked. it’s ‘lunchen on the grass’ with clothing. impressive. I love painting reflectivity, it’s cool to see other painter’s that enjoy this aspect as well. take care-Heather Whitley
    mei pi-a chia-my spelling for more please.

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