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In the mesmerizing oil painting on board titled "Marilyn" a stylized portrait of Marilyn Monroe emerges against a bold plain green backdrop. The artist's deliberate brushstrokes infuse the portrait with a dynamic and eclectic blend of expressiveness, bringing forth Marilyn's timeless features. Against the vibrant green canvas, Marilyn's gaze exudes a captivating allure, accentuated by an unexpected twist – her hair adorned in shades of striking blue.


The artist's masterful use of green, yellow, and red shading on Marilyn's face and upper body creates a chromatic symphony that adds depth and emotion to the composition. "Marilyn" becomes a celebration of Marilyn Monroe's enduring charisma, as the unique color palette and stylized elements transcend the conventional. Allow this masterpiece to adorn your space, inviting viewers to engage with the captivating interplay of color and form, a distinctive homage to the iconic presence of Marilyn Monroe.


  • 10 x 15cm

  • Julie Tugwell

    I was raised to appreciate the arts by attending ballet performances and dancing at PACT in Pretoria as a young child. Many afternoons were spent visiting art galleries with my mom and it was her dream for me to pursue being an artist like my father, the renowned landscape painter Chris Tugwell. It took some time for me to start painting, and only after the passing of my mom in my mid-twenties did I reach for a brush in an attempt to connect with her. I soon realized that I wanted to succeed at art and chose to dedicate my life to being a full time artist.


    A chance meeting with accomplished fine artist James Mooney led to my apprenticeship in his studio for the next 16 years where I learned from his mastery of the skills and techniques of hyper-realism. Whilst James trained me in the discipline of fine art realism, it was Jill Mooney, Jame’s wife, who introduced me to the world of colour and liberated my brush to become deeply self expressive. This signature of their combined tutelage is evident in the abstractions, flowers and colourful figures prevalent in my current body of work.


    My days are now mostly spent in the studio where I work as a full-time artist on both large expressive canvases of colour and also smaller pieces of hyper realism.

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