Queer Artist Lizz Andronaco Wants You (To Paint!)

Jamie’s Team Pick:

When I learned Lizz Andronaco was looking for models for her paintings, I figured I might know a few people who would want to volunteer. That’s right, I’m lookin’ at you.

When Lizz paints she draws on Jenny Saville’s work in terms of style of paint and treatment of the female body, and credits artists Julie Rrap, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, and Barbara Hammer as inspiration. Her paintings capture queer sexuality in an honest, sensual way I find both striking and refreshing.

With work that addresses politics, pop culture and religion Lizz notes, “I think comedy is a powerful tool in both life and art because it’s kind of like a loophole for discussing serious matters.” Clearly we here at Autostraddle agree.

Boxers or Briefs? Oil on wood 32 in x 48 in

Subaru Driver, oil on canvas, 48 in x 48 in

Untitled, Acrylic on canvas 22 in x 28 in

To see more paintings, videos and photography by Lizz and for contact information visit her website, and let her know if you’re interested in modeling! The artist is based in New Jersey and is looking for models in the New York City area of all shapes, sizes, identities and state of transition. Also, also, also Lizz is looking to start a new series of queer women and their pets referencing classic 19th century upper-class portraiture with a particular interest in those of you with pets other than cats and dogs. (I can’t wait to see these!)


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Jamie lives in Boston and is currently a PhD student in Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a freelance writer and also a team associate for the Boston chapter of Hollaback!.

Jamie has written 76 articles for us.

11 Comments

    • I was going to say the same thing! Ohh Subaru.

      Maybe I’m going crazy, but the figure on the left in the third painting reminds me of Meryl Streep.

      • Wow, I did not see that at all before…but now that you’ve said that I can’t NOT see Meryl Streep, especially when I look at actual photos of my friend. Weirddd!

    • I read that as “Scuba Diver” and didn’t realize my mistake until your comment. Maybe it’s time for bed.

  1. Ida

    Wow, impressive. I really like these. They are so intense and emotional :)

  2. Thanks, Jamie!

    And special thanks to the Autostraddle community :) You guys rock!!

    Since a couple people have asked me about it, I just wanted to point out that, YES, that I am also seeking cat and dog owners to participate in the project (I have three dogs myself!). I would just love to have an eclectic mix of both people and animals and hopefully make a few paintings of people with their beloved ferret or lizard, perhaps…or even a carnival-prize goldfish!

    I’m also interested in portraying “non-traditional” couples and families.

    Contact me if interested: lizzandronaco@gmail.com

    • LIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!! HOLY SHIT THIS IS AWESOME. At least one of us Blue Hens is finally making it! Haha, good luck with everything, gorgeous!!!

  3. Allison Leigh

    Way to get out there Lizz! Your works are wonderful – keep it up!

  4. I WISH I LIVED NOT IN GEORGIA RIGHT NOW. My cat is demanding a portrait. Or food. I’m not sure which.

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