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

Circa 1700

Cloistered Coiff – SOLD

Countess Ova Rose

The Dust Seeker

Madame Cesarean – SOLD

Queen of Hearts – SOLD

Satin Slumber – SOLD

The Cut

The Messenger

The Widow & The Bride