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Tabu Painting

Melissa Loop

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 72 W x 48 H x 3 D in

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This painting is based on a series of photos I took kayaking around the island of Mo'orea in the French Polynesia. This particular beach was reserved for tourists only and had a large sign "tabu" which is tahitian for "forbidden" for the locals. The painting involves pouring layers of neon and metallic paint under the realistic landscape in order to create an unsettling yet beautiful and other worldly space. Also, the water has a gloss paint to further create an idea of depth over the "coral" in the piece.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:72 W x 48 H x 3 D in

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Melissa Loop is a contemporary painter living in Minneapolis. Her work has been exhibited at venues throughout the United States, including Breeze Block Gallery in Portland, OR; grayDuck Gallery in Austin, TX; and Yes.Oui.Si Space in Boston, MA. A well-known Twin Cities artist, her paintings have been featured in shows at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Burnet Gallery, Soo Visual Art Center, Art of This and Rosalux Gallery. Her paintings have also been on view in international exhibitions at the National Galleries in Edinburgh, Scotland and at the Direktorenhaus Museum for Arts, Crafts and Design in Berlin, Germany. She is a 2013 and 2017 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, a 2012 Jerome Foundation Fellow and a 2006 Vanderlip Travel Grant awardee. Rebecca Wilson, chief curator for Saatchi, named Loop an “Artist to Watch.” Saatchi also recognized Loop in their “Best of 2014” compilation of artists. Loop’s paintings have been featured in print and online publications such as New American Paintings, Beautiful/Decay, Boooom!, Create Mag, Jealous Curator, the Walker Art Center Blog and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Loop’s work is included in collections nationally and internationally. She is represented by grayDUCK Gallery in Austin, TX and Galeria Casa Colon in Merida Mexico.

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