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Art HERstory: Audrey Flack


Art HERstory: Audrey Flack

Art HERstory: Audrey Flack

It is often said that looks are deceiving. I agree to an extent. That hot guy you’re peeping may be a total douche, or that hunk of man across the club may actually like the guy standing next to him. One lady that sure has tricking the eye down to a science is Audrey Flack (1931-). When I saw her art for the first time, I was almost certain they were photographs. Boy was I wrong.

"Crayola" (1972-3). This is my favorite! I still find peace in breaking out my crayons. Anyone who ever was a kid should appreciate this one!

"Crayola" (1972-3). This is my favorite! I still find peace in breaking out my crayons. Anyone who ever was a kid should appreciate this one!

Most parents support their little ones in all endeavors. Not the Flack family. They thought Audrey’s love of art was a waste. Despite her parents doubt, Audrey attended the High School of Music and Art in NYC. She graduated top of the class from The Cooper Union and later earned her BFA from Yale in 1952. She made it the Ivy League baby!

"Chanel" (1974). I HAD to feature this picture. It reminds me of my grandma's vanity. I remember playing in her makeup as a little girl. Oh yes! Coco Chanel!

"Chanel" (1974). I HAD to feature this picture. It reminds me of my grandma's vanity. I remember playing in her makeup as a little girl. Oh yes! Coco Chanel!

Instead of taking what was in her head and re-creating it on an external surface, Audrey decided to study art. She wanted to be able to make the objects on her canvas look as realistic as possible. Now don’t get it twisted, Audrey wasn’t just a painter. She also dabbled in photography and sculpting. Honestly, she was amazing at it all.

"Amor Vincit Omnia." A beautiful sculpture from the hands of our Audrey Flack. Check the gun in her hair. Bang bang!

"Amor Vincit Omnia." A beautiful sculpture from the hands of our Audrey Flack. Check the gun in her hair. Bang bang!

“I always wanted to draw realistically. For me art is a continuous discovery into reality, an exploration of visual data which has been going on for centuries, each artist contributing to the next generation’s advancement. I wanted to go a step further and extend the boundaries. I also believe people have a deep need to understand their world and that art clarifies reality for them.”

I'm sure this is a reocurring visual in the studios of many. Audrey said she wanted to make her paintings look realistic. I say mission accomplished!

I'm sure this is a reocurring visual in the studios of many. Audrey said she wanted to make her paintings look realistic. I say mission accomplished!

Using as the realistic as inspiration and subjects of expression was Audrey’s forte. The majority of her works feature women and personal items. Audrey is most often recognized at a photorealist. These artists imitate photos on canvas and make their paintings as realistic and photo-esque as possible. Can you tell the difference?

"Piazza Navona, Italy" (1984). Want a true illustration of how talented Audrey Flack is? Here you go! This painting is 100% watercolors. We all know how hard those are to work with. Well, Audrey pimped those bad boys into a stunning piece of art!

"Piazza Navona, Italy" (1984). Want a true illustration of how talented Audrey Flack is? Here you go! This painting is 100% watercolors. We all know how hard those are to work with. Well, Audrey pimped those bad boys into a stunning piece of art!

Audrey Flack is one focused chick with a niche for making oil based paints look like photography and clay look like clones of live people. Its crazy how real the people and objects in her work look. Audrey is know the world around and was the first photorealist painter to have work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art. Do it girl!

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