Exquisite Portraits of Women and Girls Highlight Vulnerability and Inherent Strength

Portrait Paintings by Rosso Emerald Crimson

“You Better Be Good,” oil on panel, 2021

Creating portraits that capture the complexity of an individual is not an easy task. However, London-based painter Rosso Emerald Crimson‘s series of expressive portraits are up to the challenge. Using an array of textured techniques and a keen sense of realism, she renders the external and internal beauty of different women and girls. Each of these cool-faced figures beckons the viewer to look closer at their otherwordly depiction and understand what they are trying to say.

“I use portraiture and self-portraiture to explore and analyze myself and the world around me,” Crimson tells My Modern Met. “Taking inspiration from personal memories along with observations from real life and imagination, the imagery I create often unveils the vulnerability and strength of the human condition.” Her paintings are based on real-life models, whom the artist transforms into “personas” that “resonate with the viewers at various levels of the subconscious mind.” Likewise, these female characters tend to embody themes of identity, femininity, and beauty, as well as political and ethical issues.

“I have learned in the academic painting tradition and in years of practice, I developed a contemporary version of realism which combines elements of abstract expressionism, mixed media, and occasionally collage to create a visually engaging pictorial language,” Crimson continues. Her distinct style features an impressionistic rendering of the figure—often from the shoulders up—that is framed by a highly textured background made up of bold scrapes of color. These additions dazzle the eye.

You can purchase prints and originals of Crimson's work via her website, and keep up to date with her latest projects by following the artist on Instagram.

Artist Rosso Emerald Crimson explores the human condition in her series of expressive portraits.

Portrait Paintings by Rosso Emerald Crimson

“Girl with ginger hair,” oil on canvas panel,” 2021

Portrait Paintings by Rosso Emerald Crimson

“Enchantress,” oil on canvas, 2020

Portrait Paintings by Rosso Emerald Crimson

“Oyin,” oil on aluminum, 2020

Portrait Paintings by Rosso Emerald Crimson

“Believer,” oil on canvas on panel, 2020

Portrait Paintings by Rosso Emerald Crimson

“What Are We Waiting For,” oil on panel, 2020

Portrait Paintings by Rosso Emerald Crimson

“Amarcord,” oil, spray paint, and copper on linen, 2021

Portrait Paintings by Rosso Emerald Crimson

“Girl in polka dress,” oil and silver leaf on panel, 2020

Portrait Paintings by Rosso Emerald Crimson

“L'Essenza,” oil on panel, 2020

Portrait Paintings by Rosso Emerald Crimson

“Dreamer,” oil on panel, 2020

Portrait Paintings by Rosso Emerald Crimson

“Tenderly Layla, oil on aluminum, 2020

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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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