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Beautifully Surreal Paintings Fuse Photorealism with Abstraction

Artist Soey Milk seamlessly fuses photorealism with abstraction to create captivating paintings. The beautiful artworks feature portraits of women surrounded by luscious colors, patterns, flowers, and more. Often, parts of their bodies are obscured by these elements, and it's here that Milk interjects surrealism into her compositions. They form fantastical dreamscapes that seem to offer an intriguing look inside of subjects' heads.

Milk hasn't always painted in this way, and she used to produce her works in complete photorealistic perfection. But, she became disillusioned after a piece of hers was sent back in the mail and arrived completely damaged. A dirty footprint was stamped on a painted face that she had labored over. This was a wake up call for Milk, and afterwards she started to work in a more carefree manner. Looser brush strokes, color collisions, and meandering drips made their way into her paintings and haven't left since.

Soey Milk blog and Facebook page
via [Just Art and Hi Fructose]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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