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Supersonic Visits: A Day in the Life of Matt Ritchie.

Recently, photographer Shaun Roberts shadowed Matt Ritchie throughout a normal day’s routine and the result is nothing less than a stunning portrait of a genuine, truly gifted artist.

Matt Ritchie lives and works in Castro Valley, California.  He creates his art throughout the day - he’s done everything under the sun artistically, from illustration to miniature, hand drawn and painted sculptures which are currently on view in a solo show, “Confero,” at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, California until August 23rd - while also working full time as a Park Ranger for the city of Fremont.

This delicate balance of work, creation and lack of sleep should be familiar to any artist and the photographs below paint a beautiful portrait of Ritchie’s devotion to his desire to create, speaking a thousand words on the nature of just what it means to be an artist.  Continue below for over 35 excellent photographs:

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Curator’s Monday 155 - Artist on Tumblr

Alyssa Monks | on Tumblr (b.1977, USA)

Brooklyn-based artist Alyssa Monks is a figurative painter, blurring the line between abstraction and realism. “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, I am exploring the possibility and potential where representational painting and abstraction meet - if both can coexist in the same moment.” Monks’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work is represented in public and private collections.

© All images courtesy of the artist

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