Simon Monk’s paintings reveal ‘Secret Identity’

We’re the first to admit that framers are total nerds. Well, some of us more than others. So these paintings by Simon Monk really blew our minds. Art plus action figures plus super heroes? Yes, please! They’re done in oil & alkyd on wood and they’re 60 X 50 cm. Monk’s style is lush and crisp. There’s something really satisfying about the way he renders the wall hooks, the reflections in the plastic bags, and even the surface behind each subject. And hey, these aren’t just some pretty eye candy. Monk has made use of each material he includes to comment on identity, iconography, and the role of the painter himself. We thought it was telling that each piece is titled after the hero’s secret identity, not their superhero name. Take a look at them, and then check out Monk’s artist statement in his own words at the bottom. Good stuff.
via Booooooom

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