Watch: Tone by Trent Jaklitsch

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 19, 2014
A remarkable short film documenting painting in minuscule shots, New York filmmaker Trent Jaklitsch creates mind-blowing macro sequences of paint. Rather than having the focus be the end-all painting, it hones on the act of painting. From simply making art, to mixing paint, to the bold, and to the subtle strokes applied, Jaklitsch brings all the above to our attention.

"Based on Actual Events" Group Show @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Friday, January 10, 2014
We have been exploring and researching a great deal of realism on the site over the past few years, noticing that the medium of hyperrealism, or photorealism as it gets labeled as well, is going through a very robust and interesting phase. Jonathan LeVine Gallery has curated a new exhibition, "Based on Actual Events," that brings together 4 artists we really enjoy, Alyssa Monks, Joel Rea, Diego Koi, and Eloy Morales, opening Saturday, January 11, 2014.

New Work from Alyssa Monks

Erotica // Thursday, November 07, 2013
Born 1977 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Alyssa Monks began oil painting as a child. She studied at The New School in New York and Montclair State University and earned her B.A. from Boston College in 1999. During this time she studied painting at Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence. She went on to earn her M.F.A from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art in 2001...  

Top 20 Photoreal Artists

Top List // Thursday, December 13, 2012
Over the past 6 months, we have noticed a trend that we thought was true and was proven correct. Our readers love a good hyperreal, photorealstic painting. Each artist with the skill to create a photorealistic piece has their own style and strengths, and we combed over our content from the past year to bring to you the very best photoreal painters featured Juxtapoz.com. Don't blink and make sure you look closely. These are the talents that make you have a double take.

New Works by Alyssa Monks

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 16, 2012
This past summer, we were very impressed by the new series of paintings by Brooklyn-based Alyssa Monks. Today, we look at a few new works, as well as a few studies from Monks, works that are characterized by the appearence that the subjects are being captured in the fog of a shower, with a bit of hiding and protection for the models.

Photoreal Paintings by Alyssa Monks

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 05, 2012
We have shown you the photoreal paintings of Brooklyn-based painter Alyssa Monks in the past in our Erotica section, and today we were really enjoying her new works painted in 2012. As the years have gone on, Monks' hyperreal paintings have become more abstract, with flesh hiding behind steamed surfaces, obscuring the body and facial expressions, and figures are more in performance with their poses than in works past.

In Erotica: Kiss Kiss

Erotica // Tuesday, September 20, 2011
'Alyssa 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.'

On Painting the Flesh

Erotica // Thursday, May 19, 2011
Born 1977 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Alyssa Monks began oil painting as a child. 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. “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.

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