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Dr. Donald Blake by Simon Monk oil and alkyd on wood

Dr. Donald Blake by Simon Monk oil and alkyd on wood

In the on-going debate between ‘MOC’ action figure collectors, and those that choose to open their toys, the openers have scored a palpable hit with Secret Identity, a remarkable series of photo-realistic paintings by artist Simon Monk.

“Placed in carrier bags and hung on a hook in a domestic space they become recently purchased objects, robbed of their enormous power they wield in their narratives, their dynamic energy stymied,” said Monk. He continues, “The visual fantasies which fill a painter’s head must inevitably be reduced to an image, robbed of much of their superpower.”

Clark Kent by Simon Monk oil and alkyd on wood

Clark Kent by Simon Monk oil and alkyd on wood

Check out more of the profound pieces at MyModernMet.

…and head over to Simon Monk’s site for more fascinating curatorship on the series.

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