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

NOW WE MEET AGAIN: A Connected Creative Project from Alyssa Monks and Forum Gallery

At this moment, when all of us are distanced from each other, we are looking for ways to connect; to bring collectors with a passion for art together with the artists that make the art they love.

We begin by offering a new opportunity for involvement in the creative process.  Here is how you can take part in the creation of a unique work of art that will be with you forever.

I am asking you to think about Alyssa Monks’ extraordinary ability to capture the emotive, expressive essence of the people she paints.  Now think of the people, past and present, that mean the most to you.  Is there one whose presence you would like to feel every day?  Is he or she with you now, or do you have a photograph, or two or three?  Now you can have the opportunity to introduce that person to Alyssa Monks, in real time, and speak with her about why the person means so much to you.

Here's what we propose:  Let us know of your interest in this program, and we’ll speak to the Artist about it.  We will come back to you with a proposal, and once we have an agreement, we will connect you with Alyssa for a consultation.  The consultation will take place using a Portal, an advanced device we will send you free of charge that provides a rich and vivid, dynamic video connection.  It’s like being in the same room.  You’ll speak with Alyssa and show her the photos or introduce her to the subject, discuss the project, and show her the place where you plan to put the painting.

After your consultation, Alyssa will go to work. She may want to speak with you again, or arrange a virtual sitting.  Over an agreed time frame, she will create a painting that speaks to your own involvement as well as the image and meaning of the subject.

Think about it.  Working on a project like this can be the best kind of diversion, and we can all use one at this moment.  Let’s make this time a special chance to experience a new, interactive relationship and express our love of art.

To respond, click here to send us an e-mail, and give us the best phone number to reach you and an idea of what time is best.  We'll reach out to you right away for all the details.

My very best,
Bob Fishko


Alyssa Monks, photo courtesy of the artist


Alyssa Monks earned her B.A. from Boston College and studied painting at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence. She went on to complete her M.F.A at the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art where she is now a trustee and instructor. She teaches and lectures at universities and institutions nationwide.

“My intention is to transfer the intimacy and vulnerability of my human experience into
a painted surface. I like mine to be as intimate as possible, each brush stroke like a fossil, recording every gesture and decision.”

In the decade since her first solo exhibition in New York, Alyssa Monks has demonstrated the unique ability to blend figures seamlessly with their environment in a natural and sensuous continuum. Monks first used the properties of water, steam and glass to submerge and enshroud the individuals in her paintings. Currently, her characters appear as essential elements of the natural landscape. Monks’ engaging, figurative subjects have moved from the intimacy of the interior to the bold, open wilderness as she continues to incorporate the physical properties of nature into her models. Neither portraits nor narratives, Monks’ paintings combine elements of portraiture and landscape into single-figure examinations of loss, love, desire and hope as they engage the viewer with lush, painterly surfaces, colors and brushstrokes.

Monks’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions including “Intimacy” at the Kunst Museum in Ahlen, Germany, “Peers & Influences,” at the The Bo Bartlett Center in Columbus, GA, and “Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820-2009″ at the National Academy Museum of Fine Arts, New York. Her work is represented in public and private collections, including the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, The Center for Contemporary Art, and the collections of Howard Tullman, Danielle Steele and Eric Fischl.

Monks has been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting three times and was invited to give a TED talk at Indiana University in November, 2015. The artist’s paintings and drawings were shown on the set of the FX series "The Americans" during the sixth and final season in 2018. Most recently, Monks has been awarded a solo exhibition at The Bo Bartlett Center in Columbus, Georgia, to be presented in February 2020. Monks currently lives and paints in Brooklyn and is represented by Forum Gallery.

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