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Therese Conte

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Ineffable State, 2011 Oil on Canvas 48 X 72"
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Tell Me What I Want To Hear, 2011 Photographic Prints on Transparencies 8.25 X10.75 © t.conte
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Silence of the Dreamless Sleep, 2011 Photographic Prints on Transparencies 8.25 X10.75 © t.conte
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Your Beauty Will betray You, 2011 Photographic Prints on Transparencies 8.25 X10.75 © t.conte
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Descent Into Madness, 2011 Photographic Prints on Transparencies 8.25 X10.75 © t.conte
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They Came like Truth, 2011 Photographic Prints on Transparencies 8.25 X10.75 © t.conte
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Of Mortal Bondage, 2011 Photographic Prints on Transparencies 8.25 X10.75 © t.conte
Immersion
Immersion, 2010 Graphite on Fabriano Paper 23" X 30" © t conte
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Concupiscent, 2011 Graphite on Fabriano Paper 23 X 30" © t.conte
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Stygean sea, 2011 Graphite on Fabriano Paper 23 X 30" © t conte
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Tumescent, 2011 Graphite on Fabriano Paper 23 X30"
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Disaggregation, 2011 Graphite on Fabriano Paper 23 X 30"
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Jactation, 2011 Graphite on Fabriano Paper 23 X 30" © t. conte
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Pulchritudinous Vortex, 2010 Graphite on Fabriano Paper 23" X 30" © t conte
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Cognitive Dissonance, 2008 Oil on Canvas 66" X 66" © 2008
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Doing Things Our mothers Never Dreamed Of, 2008 Oil on Canvas 66" X 66" © 2008
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Will I Be Pretty, Will I Be Rich?, 2008 Oil on Canvas 54" X 69" © 2008
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Girls Are the Stronger Sex, 2008 Oil on Canvas 69 X 54"
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Izzy and Tatum, 2008 Pastel on Paper 10" X 17" © 2008
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Allie and Izzy, 2008 Pastel on Paper 8.25" X 24" © 2008
Mcelroy
Mc Elroy, 2008 Pastel on Paper 10.25" X 19.5" © 2008
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Haley and friend, 2008 Pastel on Paper 10" X 24" © 2008
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Shrink, 2008 Pastel on Paper 10" X 9.5 © 2008
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The Newlyweds, 2009 Pastel on Paper 19.5 X 19.5" © t. conte
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Mike, 2009 Pastel on Paper 12 X 19" © t. conte
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Stan, 2009 Pastel on Paper 12 X 19" © t. conte
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Barri, 2009 Pastel on Paper 12 X19" © t. conte
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Eric, 2009 Pastel on Paper 12 X 19" © t. conte
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Erynn, 2009 Pastel on Paper 12 X 19" © t. conte
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Meagan, 2009 Pastel on Paper 12 X 19" © t. conte
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Sam, 2009 Pastel O Npaper 12 X 19" © t.conte
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A. J. Castro, 2013 Oil 6"x 6" © Therese Conte
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Immersion Graphite on Paper
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Los Angeles
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Tags
realism, figurative
Statement

 

 

Artists Statement: Therese Conte

 

My work is informed by my exploration into the development of the social presence of women. That men look at women, while women watch themselves being looked at, puts women in the dual role of surveyor and surveyed, of object and prey This duality distorts a woman’s most important relationship, that with herself.  

 

Gender stereotypes in media, along with the historical representations of the feminine in literature, have shaped the way women and girls present themselves. Though I allude to my own life experiences, I approach social issues through the use of individuals that populate my life transformed into broader themes such as feminism, ageism, cultural stereotypes, gender roles and sexuality spoken in the visual language of figurative painting and drawing.

 

I work from life and from my own photographs. These references become a vehicle to express ideas and emotions with fragments of personal narrative. I am drawn to the visceral and fluid quality of oil paint on canvas moving from staining and glazing to impasto; from broad loose strokes to rendering detail.  Drawing is an important part of the art making process, not only for preliminary studies, but also as finished pieces. The imagery can range from ambiguous narratives to fragmented female figures in vague decontextualized spaces.

 

For me, these subjects are sublime, rewarding and worthy of investigation. I hope my work invites introspection about the viewers’ own ideas and emotions surrounding this conversation.