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Alyssa Monks | Clio Newton

Alyssa Monks | Clio Newton -  - Viewing Room - Forum Gallery Online Viewing Room

Forum Gallery presents a two-person exhibition of new and bold figurative works by Alyssa Monks (b. 1977) and Clio Newton (b. 1989) opening Thursday, January 18, 2024, and continuing through Saturday, March 9, 2024. The two women are among today’s most influential, internationally-recognized artists. While each has a unique approach to her art, both artists employ formidable technique to portray a thoroughly contemporary sensibility. 

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Clio Newton Laura's Shirt, 2023 colored pencil on Coventry Rag paper 50 x 38 inches

Clio Newton
All That's Borrowed, 2023
colored pencil on Coventry Rag paper
50 x 38 inches

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Alyssa Monks Where Longing Meets Limits, 2023 oil on linen 70 x 96 inches

Alyssa Monks
Where Longing Meets Limits, 2023
oil on linen
70 x 96 inches

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2023 compressed charcoal on Coventry Rag paper 50 x 38 inches

Clio Newton

Dinner Date, 2023

compressed charcoal on Coventry Rag paper

50 x 38 inches

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Alyssa Monks No One Can See Everything, 2023 oil on linen 47 x 69 inches

Alyssa Monks
No One Can See Everything, 2023
oil on linen
47 x 69 inches

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Clio Newton, 2023 compressed charcoal on Coventry Rag paper 50 x 38 inches

Clio Newton 

I Know The Stars, 2023

compressed charcoal on Coventry Rag paper

50 x 38 inches

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Alyssa Monks Maybe if I Try Harder, 2023 oil on linen 54 x 54 inches

Alyssa Monks
Maybe if I Try Harder, 2023
oil on linen
54 x 54 inches

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Clio Newton The Lovers compressed charcoal on Coventry Rag paper 50 x 38 inches

Clio Newton
The Lovers, 2024
compressed charcoal on Coventry Rag paper
50 x 38 inches

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Alyssa Monks Warrior, 2019 oil on linen 62 x 90 inches Framed: 64 x 92 x 2 1/2 inches

Alyssa Monks
Warrior, 2019
oil on linen
62 x 90 inches

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Grace Reclining, 2020, compressed charcoal on paper, 38 x 50 inches

Clio Newton
Grace Reclining, 2020
compressed charcoal on paper
38 x 50 inches

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Alyssa Monks Metamorphosis, 2024 oil on linen 48 x 66 inches

Alyssa Monks
Metamorphosis, 2024
oil on linen
48 x 66 inches

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Clio Newton, 2023 oil on panel 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Clio Newton

Home Early, 2023

oil on panel

19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches

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Clio Newton Laura's Shirt, 2023 colored pencil on Coventry Rag paper 50 x 38 inches

Clio Newton
All That's Borrowed, 2023
colored pencil on Coventry Rag paper
50 x 38 inches

Alyssa Monks Where Longing Meets Limits, 2023 oil on linen 70 x 96 inches

Alyssa Monks
Where Longing Meets Limits, 2023
oil on linen
70 x 96 inches

2023 compressed charcoal on Coventry Rag paper 50 x 38 inches

Clio Newton

Dinner Date, 2023

compressed charcoal on Coventry Rag paper

50 x 38 inches

Alyssa Monks No One Can See Everything, 2023 oil on linen 47 x 69 inches

Alyssa Monks
No One Can See Everything, 2023
oil on linen
47 x 69 inches

Clio Newton, 2023 compressed charcoal on Coventry Rag paper 50 x 38 inches

Clio Newton 

I Know The Stars, 2023

compressed charcoal on Coventry Rag paper

50 x 38 inches

Alyssa Monks Maybe if I Try Harder, 2023 oil on linen 54 x 54 inches

Alyssa Monks
Maybe if I Try Harder, 2023
oil on linen
54 x 54 inches

Clio Newton The Lovers compressed charcoal on Coventry Rag paper 50 x 38 inches

Clio Newton
The Lovers, 2024
compressed charcoal on Coventry Rag paper
50 x 38 inches

Alyssa Monks Warrior, 2019 oil on linen 62 x 90 inches Framed: 64 x 92 x 2 1/2 inches

Alyssa Monks
Warrior, 2019
oil on linen
62 x 90 inches

Grace Reclining, 2020, compressed charcoal on paper, 38 x 50 inches

Clio Newton
Grace Reclining, 2020
compressed charcoal on paper
38 x 50 inches

Alyssa Monks Metamorphosis, 2024 oil on linen 48 x 66 inches

Alyssa Monks
Metamorphosis, 2024
oil on linen
48 x 66 inches

Clio Newton, 2023 oil on panel 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Clio Newton

Home Early, 2023

oil on panel

19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Alyssa Monks | Clio Newton -  - Viewing Room - Forum Gallery Online Viewing Room

Alyssa Monks in the studio.

Alyssa Monks | Clio Newton -  - Viewing Room - Forum Gallery Online Viewing Room

My new paintings in this exhibition confront the human experience of longing for that which is beyond our reach. Unbridled human vulnerability arises from the helpless awareness of being unable to control so much of what we try to. Flowers, branches, water droplets, and vapor - painted carefully in harmonizing color - speak to the ideals of femininity and beauty but also distort and overwhelm the portraits creating an elusive expression that is impossible to see fully and interpret.
_Alyssa Monks

Alyssa Monks | Clio Newton -  - Viewing Room - Forum Gallery Online Viewing Room

We are left knitting bits of delicate illusionistic form together to catch a glimpse of these women, ensconced in their distancing efforts to control what you see, but also begging to be seen. We are in an endless loop, and only find ourselves in the end, also trying to make sense of a senseless experience, realizing that it is ultimately a futile pursuit. My aim is to inspire viewers to let go before they must let go in order to fully experience the surprisingly beautiful unpredictability of life.
_Alyssa Monks

Alyssa Monks | Clio Newton -  - Viewing Room - Forum Gallery Online Viewing Room

Clio Newton in the studio.

Alyssa Monks | Clio Newton -  - Viewing Room - Forum Gallery Online Viewing Room

This new work is a lot about desire. I look for moments of intimacy, peering over a shoulder, returning a locked gaze, where complex desire lives. The challenge is finding something real, in an expression or a gesture, that is completely specific to that individual or moment, but in its authenticity connects to something universally human.
_Clio Newton

Alyssa Monks | Clio Newton -  - Viewing Room - Forum Gallery Online Viewing Room

Bodies are fascinating. Fragile and fleshy, intelligent, mysterious, frustrating, scary and magnetic. Beauty has no morality, which is why I’m suspicious of it. It beguiles and pulls you, but evades and breaks its promises.
_Clio Newton

Alyssa Monks | Clio Newton -  - Viewing Room - Forum Gallery Online Viewing Room

Alyssa Monks, Warrior (detail), 2019, oil on linen, 62 x 90 inches

Alyssa Monks | Clio Newton -  - Viewing Room - Forum Gallery Online Viewing Room

Clio Newton, All That's Borrowed (detail), 2023, color pencil on Coventry Rag paper, 50 x 38 inches

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