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Frank Newmyer, Jr.'s avatar Frank Newmyer, Jr.

I first painted Marilyn Monroe in 1995, and again three years ago, each time referencing Monroe's famous 1953 film promotion photo. As a "goddess-type" is a recurring theme in my work, I'm obsessed with the sculptural effects in the fullness of her lips, platinum waves of blonde, Hollywood-era hair and those smiling eyes. I wanted to begin on another painting, addressing her in a deeper dimension than any portrait I've ever done in nearly 30 years of working. In 2019, I settled into painting several layers to sculpt out a transforming effect that is more like burning, than a flat pattern, trying to capture that supernatural flame of the human spirit. Using nature's light at the end of the day, I'm attempting to reflect all of her inner stardom in the middle of a troubled life with a palette of sunset color. My last phase will be taking these next couple of months glazing the entire piece, bringing a softness to her image. I can't wait to share the full concept with you in September!

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 3/4 inches
  • Medium: Oil on paper
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 30 inches