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Alcestis by Melissa Mailer-Yates



The subject is mainly soft pastel and the surrounding work is so mixed, utilizing just about anything that comes to hand.

Nude female paintings is what I am most about. I love the subject and can understand why the flowing lines and beauty have stood the test of time as perhaps the most painted of all subjects.

Alcestis is a pivotal piece, one of the most enduring pieces I have painted so far. It was central to my 1997 exhibition in New York.

I love exploring the combination of abstract and representational and I love looking for the abstract in a composition. It is possible to emphasise the softness and matt of the skins texture by juxtaposing it with the reality of harder, strong colours and reflective materials. The triangles in this one just keep on echoing the more you look.

The whole collection was about the strength of femininity.


abstract, beauty, female, media, nude, pastel


  • johnboy53
    johnboy53over 6 years ago

    She looks like a photograph – this is amazing.

  • andygibb
    andygibbover 6 years ago

    beautiful pose and composition…great work

  • Marie Magnusson
    Marie Magnussonover 6 years ago

    amazing skin and hair and great composition

  • Leanne Inwood
    Leanne Inwoodabout 6 years ago

    do you paint first or pastel first or a bit of everything. would love to see a work in progress

  • Melissa Mailer-Yates
    Melissa Mailer...about 6 years ago

    Its a bit of both Termite, but the majority of the central figure is painted first as the abstract is an emotional response to the subject. Perhaps I should do a YouTube of a work in progress, what a good idea. Thanks.

  • meanderthal
    meanderthalabout 6 years ago

    this is great !

  • cdcantrell
    cdcantrellabout 5 years ago

    Awesome work

  • jacqleen
    jacqleenalmost 5 years ago

    again….the mood and feel of this is just amazing!!! LOVE it!

  • Jennifer254
    Jennifer254almost 5 years ago

    Brilliant work!

  • Diko
    Dikoover 4 years ago

    This is another beautiful piece.
    I don’t know why i haven’t noticed your work earlier. I am always thrilled to see original work of such quality.
    Thank You!!


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