Vessels of the Avant Garde

“Melanie Stimmell Van Latum’s portraits pop with a hardboiled baroque, neo-noir coterie of haunting, flamboyant heroines. Handsome, sinister, and supremely confident women stare from the canvas with an imperiously mysterious gaze, clearly indicating that no cloister, boudoir, suburb or nursery could ever contain the canny power of their bodies and minds.

Van Latum’s cleverly balanced compositions and high-tension-line lighting conjure a triumphant, intelligent feminine charisma – a mise-en-scene flushed with dizzyingly endless décolletage and the intricate obsessions of coiffure. In playfully provoking erotic traditions, these post-traditionalist paintings resuscitate the vapid, gaping pin-up model to her proper stance as empress, saint, and icon.” – Quintan Ana Wikswo

Armageddon Aphrodite – Private Collection

Circa 1700 – Private Collection

Cloistered Coiff – SOLD

Countess Ova Rose – SOLD

The Dust Seeker – SOLD

Madame Cesarean – SOLD

Queen of Hearts – SOLD

Satin Slumber – SOLD

The Cut – Private Collection

The Messenger – SOLD

The Widow & The Bride – SOLD

The Midwife