Intimate Glam

about Malcolm T. Liepke

This is the true nature of home, it is the place of Peace.
The shelter,
not only from injury,
but from all terror, doubt and division

John Ruskin

There’s no chaos or disorder in the Malcolm T. Liepke’s rooms, but the glamorous face of the city is there. Loose brushstrokes and dusty gray-green skin tones imbue his subjects with a fleshy sensuality, while simple gestures and expressions convey emotions. His paintings and drawings often focus on intimate moments of sensual pleasure and introspection.

Born in 1953, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Malcolm “Skip” studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, but dropped out after a year and a half. He moved to New York and began studying on his own, artists such as John Singer Sargent, Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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In turn, his style has inspired others. Liepke and Milt Kobayashi are friends and former roommates with similar styles. He paints from photographs and works in a wet-on-wet technique, borrowed from artists like Sargent and Velázquez, in which layers of oil paint are built up without drying in between.

His art has been on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Forbes and Fortune. His artworks are now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution and the Brooklyn Museum.

LM Getting Fitted

I see a girl with her head a certain way, and I find it telling, emotional, and I want to communicate that certain truth,” Malcolm says.

That truth or emotion makes us feel less alone, more human. Everyone goes through life with their own problems, but we live in a pretty universal world. I’ve found that the more personal the piece, the more people connect with it.”

ML 1 Cover


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