Critical Focus: Monique Crine win's Westword's BEST AESTHETIC RESPONSE TO FOOTBALL by Monique Crine

I was thrilled to learn that I received a nod in Westword's Best of Denver 2016 with my solo show at the MCA. They write:

Critical Focus: Monique Crine filled the lower-level gallery at MCA Denver with big, beautiful portraits of big, handsome guys. The paintings, all of which were specifically created for this exhibit, depicted recently retired professional football players who had been sidelined by injuries. The show was part of the Critical Focus series of exhibits at the MCA, which were meant to highlight the accomplishments of selected emerging artists; this one was put together by curator Nora Burnett Abrams. Crine’s paintings are so accurate in their depictions that at first they look like photos, so it comes as no surprise that she initially photographed the men, then used the resulting shots as preliminary studies for her finished paintings. The photographic quality of the paintings is reinforced by their utterly smooth surfaces, with Crine having expertly manipulated the thinned-out pigments. These portraits, many of them monumental in size, are part of an ongoing Crine series called Eden Prairie, examples of which are currently in a national traveling show.

Rob (I) wins Art of the State 2016 People's Choice 3rd place!! by Monique Crine

My painting, Rob (I), received the People's Choice 3rd place by viewers at the Art of the State 2016 exhibit at the Arvada Center. Curated by Collin Parson, exhibition manager for the Arvada Center, Gwen Chanzit, curator of modern art at the Denver Art Museum, and Michael Chaves, manager of Denver's public art program, this show featured 148 pieces by Colorado artists. Thanks to everyone who voted! x 

Denver Post highlights Rob (I) as part of their review of State of the Art by Monique Crine

Ray Rinadi writes, "We've seen Monique Crine's evocative portraits of football players at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and we've marveled at Brenda Biondo's imaginative photographs of folded paper at Goodwin Fine Art. There's a similar familiarity in pieces offered by Phil Bender, Bernice Strawn, Evan Anderman, Sally Stockhold and others.

If you're the occasional art appreciator, there's an opportunity here to catch up. All of the artists above are players whose reputations are sealed, and it's worth knowing them. You might see something you like and follow it up by attending their next solo show across town."

The full article can be read here:

Art of the State reviewed by Michael Paglia of the Westword by Monique Crine

In his review of the Arvada Center's Art of the State Paglia writes, "Monique Crine offers full-color hyperrealism; her luscious oil painting, “Rob (1),” a portrait of a handsome football player, is part of a series on injured athletes that was exhibited at MCA Denver."

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Crine Presents Harvard Lecture & Workshop by Monique Crine

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of returning to Harvard to lecture and present a workshop for the third year in a row. The first two years were focused on portraiture, and Thursday's workshop was focused on the rendering of surface texture in oil paint. I feel unbelievably honored and humbled every time I return. Many, many thanks to Ewa Harabasz and the Harvard Graduate School of Design for including among their visiting artists. I so look forward to more visits in the future! Here's a snippet of images from my visit...

Colorado State University Lecture by Monique Crine

I will be lecturing today at the Colorado State University Art Museum at 2:00pm and again at 5:00pm as part of the Scrimmage Exhibition. I'll be discussing my ongoing work with NFL players, in addition to my forthcoming project with the first generation of black football players in the SEC. Don't worry - we'll be done in time for the Broncos/Chiefs game.

Scrimmage Exhibition Catalog is out! by Monique Crine

Cheers, Colorado State University! Just got my catalog and invites in the mail smile emoticon My painting of Richard, which was purchased by the University last year, will be on exhibit alongside Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and a host of others for "Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present." Opening is August 28 from 6-8pm. I've been told I'll be signing copies of the catalog alongside Sonny Lubick. Yes, you read that right. Get in line, folks! BOOM!

Crine to exhibit alongside Warhol, Bellows, and Opie as parts of the traveling exhibition Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present by Monique Crine

One of my paintings will travel from Colorado State University to the University of Oregon as part of Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present. I'm honored to be shown alongside these other artists. More details and a link to the exhibition page and catalog will be posted once they become available.

Upcoming MCA Show Mentioned in 5280 Magazine by Monique Crine

"NFL players may have put away their cleats for the season, but Monique Crine’s striking paintings bring the sport back into the spotlight. For this series, the Germany-born, Denver-based artist worked from photographs to produce depictions of professional football players as both idols (kids everywhere want to be them) and tragic figures (think: the national conversation around concussions). These vivid portraits convey the tensions between reality and fantasy that the athletes face every day. Tue-Thu noon-7 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m."

It's official! MCA Posts announcement for CRITICAL FOCUS: Monique Crine by Monique Crine

This exhibition highlights recent work by Denver-based artist, Monique Crine. Working from her own photographs, Crine creates arresting paintings that explore different American archetypes. For this series, she focuses on the professional football player, creating both heroic and tragic representations of these (literally) larger-than-life figures. Her paintings are strikingly indebted to film—especially the classic, Hollywood spectacles of the mid-20th century. The drama of lighting, pose, and costume transform individual players into cinematic characters. This tension between stylized characters and real people parallels precisely how perceptions of celebrities frequently skirt the boundary between reality and fantasy.

Harvard lecture & Workshop at the GSD was a Success! by Monique Crine

This was my second year returning to Harvard for a lecture and workshop at the Graduate School of Design. Our project was to create self portraits based on photographs using oil paint on canvas. It differed from the first year in that we used color this time around.

 Its always a treat to work with such brilliant students, even if the snow was over 5 ft high.