Sparklers, 2015 by Malcolm T. Liepke | Yellowtrace
Sparklers, 2015.

End Of Day, 2014 by Malcolm T. Liepke | Yellowtrace
End Of Day, 2014.

Confetti, 2014 by Malcolm T. Liepke | Yellowtrace
Confetti, 2014.

Sitting Out, 2014 by Malcolm Liepke | Yellowtrace
Girl in a Sofa, 2016.

On Her Knees, 2015 by Malcolm Liepke | Yellowtrace
Sitting Out, 2014.

Male Attitude, 2015 by Malcolm Liepke | Yellowtrace
Male Attitude, 2015.

Clenched Fists, 2016 by Malcolm Liepke | Yellowtrace
Clenched Fists, 2016.

Red Rocker, 2014 by Malcolm T. Liepke | Yellowtrace
Red Rocker, 2014.

Floating, 2014 by Malcolm T. Liepke | Yellowtrace
Floating, 2014.

 

Malcolm T. Leipke is a largely self-taught artist who paints in a style that echoes the work of the greats such as , , and , to create portraits that are both visually familiar and wholly unique.

Liepke paints ordinary people, primarily women, in glamorous setting, who appear to be inhabitants of the film, stage and fashion world. Versed in the art of performance and self-projection, they are used to being looked at and return the viewers’ gaze sometimes provocatively, with insolence or innocently. Liepke’s portraits are as beautifully and as aggressively painted as they are sensual and erotic.

Liepke demonstrates a brave handling of oil paint, its rich consistency describing creamy tones of pink and pale skin. The expressive looseness of the handling articulates the flesh and demands the viewers attention. Wilder, spikier handling describes the texture of hair and fur. This contrast between surfaces highlights the tactile excitement and variety of the subject. Liepke uses colour skilfully, strategically deploying electric hues of orange, blue, lilac and pink against the delicate skin tones of the models.

 

Tough Kid, 2016 by Malcolm T. Liepke | Yellowtrace
Tough Kid, 2016.

Resting, 2016 by Malcolm T. Liepke | Yellowtrace
Resting, 2016.

Blue Angel I, 2015 by Malcolm T. Liepke | Yellowtrace
Blue Angel I, 2015.

Balloons and Confetti, 2016 by Malcolm T. Liepke | Yellowtrace
Balloons and Confetti, 2016.

Smudged Lipstick, 2016 by Malcolm Liepke | Yellowtrace
Smudged Lipstick, 2016.

 

Malcolm T. Liepke was born in 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is now based in New York City. At 63 years of age, Liepke still paints like mad, having produced an exceptionally large body of work. He is a highly sought after artist who has enjoyed sold out showings across the world, and I’m sure we can all agree it’s not difficult to see why. He da man.

 

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