Monika Feuerstein

Artist bio

I am a Melbourne, Australia based Artist. After an Interior Design background, I decided to study art and become a full-time Artist. To make my mark in the world .

Primarily working in oils, my art is figurative realism with a hint of surrealism. Inspired by an old Art teacher and Portrait Artist (Andrew Forsythe), I became interested in the human form.

I like to play with surreal colours, environments and situations creating drama with strong contrasts and light. I love oils because of the intensity of hues and brilliance. Creating depth through layers and layers of glazes. In this fast paced world, I love this slow art. Nothing else compares with oil, It’s archival and will last forever.

I create art because...

To make sense of this world and to express myself and tell my story, when I paint, it's like running away without leaving home. I go to this other place and I feel content.

I am different to most artists because...

I paint in oil, in layers and layers of glazes to get the result, I am after. I paint mostly precise and smooth not using much paint. Subject matters are mostly cropped and I focus on the best compositions, because that's what can make or break a painting. In this series ( searching for self & inner sanctum images on Colour space), my art is about desires,aspirations & dreams . I like to tell stories metaphorically and express the rhythm and beat of life.

When you look at my art, the thing I want you to feel is...

to be part of it and relate to the story, you see in the painting in some way or other. Because only then, you can look at it every day and you will see something else.

The thing I most want to say to non-artists is...

Take your time and really look at a painting, really look and you may see something , you haven't seen before and it might make you feel something. The Artist put their heart and their sole in to it. Once you find this art piece, you will cherish it for ever.

I believe art is an important part of our lives because...

It is the expression of our creative ideas and imagination. Art makes us a better person, by making us think profoundly, by making us feel deeper and by expressing what we do not have the words to say. Art brings people together, it elicits different reactions and emotions and makes people think,feel and react , it makes people realise the importance of pursuing our passions and expressing our selves.- Art is important.

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