Her Own Private Utopia: Melissa Loop

11 Oct

Do you ever wish you could just escape?  From your cares, stresses, work, technology, you name it.  Take a moment to run away with me into Minnesota artist Melissa Loop‘s landscapes of fantastical refuge.  They are part wonderland, part social commentary, but fully contemporary and brilliant.

Walmart, acrylic and enamel on panel, 36x24

Slide down a huge pink curvy slide as tall as a skyscraper leading down to a river coming out of a mountain shaped like a bear’s head?  Don’t mind if I do!

City Park 3, acrylic and enamel on panel, 48x36

Her use of flat shapes, vivid colors and perspectives make these a bit reminiscent of vintage travel posters, but then the added contemporary pops of patterns such as swoopy stripes and repeating textile-like shapes add more dimensions of interest.  These truly are works that I could escape into– just to try to figure out all that is going on!  They are like a crazy dream gone wild.  And I love them.

U.A.E. Arc Intervention, acrylic and enamel on panel, 24x36

St. Thomas All Inclusive, acrylic and enamel on panel, 36x24

To see more of Melissa Loop’s world, please visit her website.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to close my eyes and dream of curvy pink slides.

4 Responses to “Her Own Private Utopia: Melissa Loop”

  1. candace fasano October 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Very powerful….love these!!!

    • Lesley October 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

      Glad you like them, Candace! Some of the juxtapositions remind me a bit of your own work. Hope you are well!

  2. Suzanne October 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Reminds me a little of Milton Avery but with a more graphic feel about them. Cool.

    • Lesley October 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

      Suzanne– yes!

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