High Beauty Standards for Women Expressed in Acrylic Paintings


Beauty can be found in the most unexpected of corners, but it can also be found in the most obvious of places. Acrylic painter Todd Monk combines these two notions in his pieces depicting ‘beautiful’ women in the most traditional sense, but with a non-traditional twist.

Monk uses saturated colours and paints his subjects as somewhat pixelated. The curves fall in the expected places, but the colouring and clarity of his paintings create entirely different images. What is thought to be ‘pretty’ by societal standards fills Monk’s canvas, yet these standards can be perceived as mocked. The colour choice and pixelation of the women destroys the idea of traditional beauty expectations.

Monk’s decision to focus on the highly sexualised parts of women’s bodies furthers this idea of high beauty standards. Airbrushed and flawless, his subjects look perfect and vibrant.

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