25 Awesome Contemporary Portrait Artists

Karen Kilimnik

Genre: Painting/Installation

Karen Kilimnik can't rightly be called a portraitist, nor necessarily a painter, though portrait painting has persevered throughout the vast media repertoire amassed since the 1980s. In her paintings, she likes to botch and mash-up cultural references, casting past and present celebrities into famous art historical portraits, or painting a famous media image and calling it a self-portrait. Her painting style changes from cartoonish and childlike to deft and sophisticated, between any two images or even on a single canvas. Despite this apparent schizophrenia, the work declares that it would not like to be pinned down or figured out, thank you very much.

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