Monkey Series

The first monkey paintings were based on a Sock Monkey that I bought at a flea market in Miami. I liked that it was a popular rural toy, a home-made stuffed animal. I got baby shoes for it, and made it into the Monkey Jar sculpture. It was soon broken coming back from a show. I missed it and began making paintings based on the toy monkey image, involving structure, repetition, and reflection. In the twin (double) image paintings, I painted with my left and right hands to make the opposing sides, intrigued to see the results play off each other. The toy monkeys gradually evolved into more human appearing surrogates as I explored the monkey motif's ability to accommodate portraiture, narration, and expressions of the human predicament.

All works © Mark DeMuro.



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Big Monkey
1984
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White Monkey Cultured
1982-92
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Applicant
1982-84
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White Monkey (Blue)
2007
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Red Jacket
1984-99
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Party Hat
1982
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Strip Poker
2007
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Monkey Luck: Lucky 7s
2003
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Two Candidates
2007
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Monkey Sculpture
1992
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Monkey Sculpture
1992
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Daguerre and What's His Name
1990s
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Double Monkey Jar
1982
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Monkey Monkey I
1981
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Monkey Monkey II
1981
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Double Red Monkey Sampler
1982
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Curled Monkey Tail Split
1982
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Grey Monkey Pink Monkey
1981
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Russian Split
1982
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Monkey Split Blues
1981
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Monkey Love
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Monkey in Palm Tree Frame
2002
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Party Monkey
2003
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Angel
1998-99
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Selling Secrets
1984-99
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Monkey in Black Tie
1982
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Red Monkey Jar
1980s
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Monkeys in Camouflage I
2003
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Bright Little Monkey
2004
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Monkey in a Striped Shirt
2003
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Earnest
2003
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Monkey Fifth Avenue
2004
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Genie Monkey
2003
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Grumpy Monkey
2003
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Little Monkey on Pink
2003
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Lunar Monkey
2003
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Monkey in a Bonnet
2003
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Monkey in a Flower Hat
2004
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Monkey in a Pinstripe Suit
2003
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Monkey in Epaulettes
2003
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Monkey in Mink
2003
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Monkey in November
2003
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Monkey in Pearls
2003
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Monkey in Springtime
2003
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Monkey in the Grass
2003
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Monkey in Winter
2003
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Monkey Jock
2004
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Monkey Smokin' a Stogie
2003
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Monkey with a Toothpick
2008
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Monkey with Blue Flower
2003
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Vincent
1980s
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Pink Monkey on Red
2008
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Smokin'
2003
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The Graduate
2003
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Yellow Monkey
2003
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Architect with Glass House
2003
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Crawling Baby Monkey
2004
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First Father's Day
2004
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Corporate Espionage
2007
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Monkey Munch
2000
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Paradigm Shift
2006-07
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Formal Family Portrait
2000
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Monkey Island
2001
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Red Monkey Family
1999
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Outdoor Sculpture
2007
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Garden Painting
1999
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Newton
2002