Expressionist Hipster Paintings by Hope Gangloff

Freelancer (Mikey Hernandez) - Painting by Hope Gangloff

Hope Gangloff‘s portraits of her Brookyn hipster friends draw from classical art styles to portray contemporary subjects. These expressionist paintings showcase modern “bohemian” people; as a description for one of her exhibitions phrases it, her work creates “a sympathetic link between the historic avant-garde and post-postmodern hipsterism.”

I particularly enjoy the feeling of casual intimacy these paintings provide. Afternoon Shower and Freelancer (Mikey Hernandez) show men bathing; while Sara Vanderbeek in Her Bath Closet shows a woman in a robe painting her toenails. A nude woman looks thought record albums in Lina in My House. The nudity in these paintings is tasteful and is more implied, rather than used for shock value. Even the portraits showing people with clothes feel unusually intimate, like the artist has captured them at their most comfortable, just lounging around with close friends. Several of the paintings show the subjects sitting in a chair drinking beer or smoking, and Clothes Swap Brooklyn shows two women lying next to each other, surrounded by dishevelled clothes.

I also like Gangloff’s use of colour, especially for the unusual skin tones of the subjects, and the textured brush strokes she uses more heavily in certain areas of the paintings — like the subjects’ clothes or the interesting backgrounds.

Clothes Swap Brookyn - Painting by Hope Gangloff

Clothes Swap Brookyn


Sara Vanderbeek in Her Bath Closet - Painting by Hope Gangloff

Sara Vanderbeek in Her Bath Closet


Afternoon Shower - Painting by Hope Gangloff

Afternoon Shower


Queen Jane Approximately - Painting by Hope Gangloff

Queen Jane Approximately


Land's End (Vic Masny) - Painting by Hope Gangloff

Land’s End (Vic Masny)


Lina in My House - Painting by Hope Gangloff

Lina in My House


Andrei - Painting by Hope Gangloff



Great Songs of the 70s - Painting by Hope Gangloff

Great Songs of the 70s


Freelancer (Mikey Hernandez) - Painting by Hope Gangloff

Freelancer (Mikey Hernandez)


AA MVP - Painting by Hope Gangloff


Tom is a writer, artist, and multi-media guru from Pennsylvania, U.S. He holds a Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication, but he has also taken several university-level courses in fine arts, art appreciation, graphic design, printmaking, and Asian art. He has been blogging for Monde Mosaic since February 2014.

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