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Alyssa Monks: Breaking Point




Thursday, 4 October 2018 to Saturday, 3 November 2018
Thursday, 4 October 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

For Immediate Release

Alyssa Monks
Breaking Point

October 4 – November 3, 2018

New York, NY – From October 4 to November 3, 2018, Forum Gallery presents Breaking Point, an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Brooklyn-based artist, Alyssa Monks. The artist, whose progressive, figurative paintings have been exhibited in New York since 2006, is known for her bold, energetic and passionate paintings of women. Her TED talk has been viewed more than a million times, her paintings have been presented throughout the United States and in Europe and her work was recently featured in the television series, The Americans (FX) throughout its sixth and final season.

In the thirteen paintings and four drawings on view, Alyssa Monks strives to reach beneath the surface of her female subjects and portray their innermost feelings and desires. She says, “I usually go for the moment between feelings or expressions. Some emotion or experience is just starting to hit the subject or just about to leave. I want to create a space for the viewer as well as relate, empathize or connect to the subject…” That moment is the Breaking Point of the exhibition’s title, which also refers to the condition of women in today’s world, a condition of extraordinary tension and pressure, but filled with hope as the limits of personal power are pushed.

Monks’ subjects are women in the natural world, from the smallest (12 x 18 inches) to the largest (68 x 86 inches) painting in the exhibition. Many of the models are artists, whose own struggles for relevance, dignity and power echo those of Alyssa Monks and of women in society. They are searching for and finding the boundaries they need to cross, while surrounded by the rich color and muscular brushstrokes of Alyssa Monks’ technique.

Since receiving her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2001, Alyssa Monks has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at galleries in California, Missouri, Idaho and New York; and in London, England and the south of France. Breaking Point is Alyssa Monks’ second one-person exhibition at Forum Gallery.


Alyssa Monks: Breaking Point opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, and will be on view through Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Forum Gallery is located at 475 Park Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. Please visit to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on October 4, 2018 and will be on view through November 3, 2018. Forum Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm. A full-color catalogue is available from the gallery.

For more information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545;


Artist ( Description ): 

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.

Alyssa 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. Most recently, the paintings of Alyssa Monks are featured prominently in the sixth and final season of the FX series, The Americans. Alyssa currently lives and paints in Brooklyn and is represented by Forum Gallery.

Venue ( Address ): 

475 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Forum Gallery , New York

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