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Impressionist-Inspired Paintings Observe the Curious Subtleties of Different Social Scenes

Figurative Paintings by Nick Alm

Many Impressionists such as Monet and Renoir explored the subtleties of human body language in their portrayals of mirthful social gatherings. Contemporary artist Nick Alm continues the tradition in his recent series of paintings that observe ambivalent figures mingling in modern settings.

The Swedish artist often draws from live models to create a familiar atmosphere. Sometimes his wistful figures engage with one another, while in other cases they appear listless in their surroundings. “The general aim of my art is visual interest based on abstract shapes, brushwork, color and value relationships, and a sense of light,” Alm explains to My Modern Met. “It should always be a subjective interpretation of reality—a more or less subtle deviation from realism.”

In contrast to the realistic rendering of the figures, Alm uses watery, expressive brushstrokes to define the backgrounds, which range from restaurants and bars to outdoor patios. This stylistic choice brings these ordinary scenes into a contemplative space—emphasizing the emotional currents that connect the group of people.

Although his art is grounded in contemporary life, the dreamy brushstrokes and airy palette place the paintings in a timeless plane. Alm’s keen understanding of human body language and latent emotion shines through each canvas, making them universally relatable.

Scroll down to see more stunning paintings by Alm, and follow the artist on Instagram to keep up to date with his latest creations.

Swedish artist Nick Alm captures the subtleties of human body language in his expressive paintings.

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He uses a combination of precise and water brushstrokes to portray a dreamy atmosphere.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.

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