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Nikki Maloof

American, b. 1985

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Nikki Maloof

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American, b. 1985

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Nikki Maloof’s portraits of imagined animals and humans explore the potential of paint and figuration to convey emotions. Although her work is figurative, the Brooklyn-based artist’s practice is more process-driven as she coaxes her paint to find the exact moment where color, line, and gesture cohere as an expression of psychic or emotional energy. A tropical, colorful setting suffuses many of her paintings, creating a warm palette and feeling for her emotional avatars. In her other works, she returns to historical paintings, such as those by Courbet, reinventing figures from realist, historical, or allegorical scenes to home in on specific emotions or interior lives, often projecting what their lives would be in a contemporary milieu.

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Nikki Maloof’s portraits of imagined animals and humans explore the potential of paint and figuration to convey emotions. Although her work is figurative, the Brooklyn-based artist’s practice is more process-driven as she coaxes her paint to find the exact moment where color, line, and gesture cohere as an expression of psychic or emotional energy. A tropical, colorful setting suffuses many of her paintings, creating a warm palette and feeling for her emotional avatars. In her other works, she returns to historical paintings, such as those by Courbet, reinventing figures from realist, historical, or allegorical scenes to home in on specific emotions or interior lives, often projecting what their lives would be in a contemporary milieu.

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Articles Featuring Nikki Maloof
17 Contemporary Artists Reimagining the Still Life
Aug 7th, 2020
17 Contemporary Artists Reimagining the Still Life
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Jul 14th, 2015
30 Emerging Artists to Watch This Summer
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