Artist Monique Lassooij has an unmistakable signature style, creating intriguing characters that draw the viewer in. See more of her portfolio by visiting her website.
I paint mostly with acrylics on whatever surface I can get my hands on: canvas, wood, paper, and sometimes a wall.
The internet and social media are a huge source of inspiration for my ever-growing series “Proprietary Innocence.” I paint all my subjects with that one-split-second expression from looking up from under the eyebrows that everyone has: somewhat expression less, sometimes slightly annoyed, disturbed by our invasion of their privacy.
By painting the eyes larger than life, I try to draw the viewer’s attention to the subtlety in those expressions. There is a story behind that first impression and I want to take you beyond the understandable image to see the underlining dichotomy.
I like to add a little of my sense of humor to my work and what makes this series so great for me that I can use any subject I like: superheroes, rock and movie stars, artists, everyday people, and paintings.
I especially enjoy “The Masters with a Twist” in which I take a famous painting and – while respecting its original – making it my own. By placing my classical subject in a neutral environment and then adding a modern gadget or tool creates an aesthetic juxtaposition.
I chose to work with a limited palette of two greys, a white, and a red because it creates a sense of contemporary in a backdrop of timelessness.