Malcolm T. Liepke is a largely self-taught American painter born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, for a year and a half before deciding to teach himself by studying master portrait painters. His influences range from John Singer Sargent to Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Diego Velázquez, James McNeill Whistler and Édouard Vuillard.
Liepke favors portraits of ordinary women in glamorous contexts, producing voyeuristic nudes that are sexualized through a realistic lens rather than a pornographic one. Loose brushstrokes and dusty gray-green skin tones imbue his subjects with a fleshy sensuality, while simple gestures and expressions convey emotions. 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 and are now in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the Brooklyn Museum. Malcolm Liepke’s work has been widely shown and exhibited in the Pastel Society of America, the American Watercolor Society, National Academy of Design and the National Arts Club.
He is represented by New York’s Arcadia Contemporary & Telluride Gallery of Fine Art in Telluride, Colorado.
All artwork © Malcolm T. Liepke.