It is uncommon to see images of female rage and violence in contemporary culture. This is a space typically reserved for men. But we all have that red hot core, a capacity for darkness buried and pulsing inside. We’re all animals.
Megan Van Groll creates hyperrealistic paintings of women. Her narrative vignettes use the female form to investigate themes of gender and psychology. Born in 1986, Van Groll spent her childhood traveling throughout Europe. This early exposure to history's greatest art informed her reverence for figurative painting, and led her to the Lorenzo de Medici School in Florence, Italy. In 2008, Van Groll earned a BFA in Drawing & Painting from the University of North Texas, where she studied under Robert Jessup, Matthew Bourbon, and Vincent Falsetta. Van Groll is influenced by Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, Jenny Saville, and fellow LdM alumna Alyssa Monks. She lives and works in Dallas, Texas.