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        Kim Alsbrooks

        Kim Alsbrooks has become instantly recognizable with her historic fine oil paintings on crumpled trash. From Art Basel in Miami and galleries around the United States, with features in Huffington Post Arts, Art Nerd and Hi Fructose, Kim has become a highly collectible contemporary artist.

        As she discusses on her website, the featured collection titled "The White Trash Series" was developed while living in the South out of frustration with some of the prevailing ideologies, in particular, class distinction. This ideology seems to be based on a combination of myth, biased history and a bizarre sentimentality about old wars and social structures. With the juxtaposition of the portraits from museums, once painted on ivory, now on flattened trash like beer cans and fast food containers, the artist sets out to even the playing field, challenging the perception of the social elite in today's society.

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