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Lex Marie’s (b. 1992: Prince Georges County, MD) nostalgic portrait paintings are an unedited biography of her own life. Pulling from both her past and present experiences, she portrays emotions in her work surrounding topics such as systematic racism, single parenting, self-care and childhood trauma. Lex’s portraits are unique in that through telling her story she captures the emotions that she has felt personally which also happens to be a similar story of many other people that have long been unheard. 

 

Influenced by classical portraiture, Lex emphasizes her subjects, often being herself or her son, by placing them front and center minimizing the initial impact of the smaller yet very important background details. The poses are soft yet stoic, the colors strong and vibrant, she captures a split second of a scene forcing ambiguity as to what that subject may currently be enduring a few moments before or after. She hints at answers to these questions in her provocative titles such as “At His Daddy's House” or "Easter Morning Cartoons”.

 

Lex graduated with a BA in studio art from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013. 

Photographer: Jada Urban