Alice Mongeau’s “Gallery of Rogues” is a collection of oil paintings in Alice’s striking yet gentle style.
The exhibition will be presented in the Saben Board Room Gallery from June 23- July 17
Even though I'm known as a plein-air landscape painter, I've been drawing and painting people since I was a small child.
I don't know how the idea of the Rogues Gallery popped into my brain. It might have been when a friend of mine came into my studio looking like a bag lady. I intended to paint her, and it just continued; people coming into the gallery, friends, strangers, it didn't make any difference.
I was hooked.
I took photos of them with my iPad. Each finished portrait painted on Canson paper for oil, 10 inches wide by 16 inches tall.
For those unfamiliar with the Rogues Gallery, it's a collection of photos of persons arrested as criminals. It started in the 1800s in Scotland with the advent of the camera; the police posted these mugshots for the public to see. Part of the fun I've had is thinking up what these people that I have painted are guilty of.
Of course, it's all tongue in cheek. No names will be used without consent for the Alice Mongeau Rogues Gallery.