I was painting figures in ink and a model mentioned Marlene Dumas to me. She is from Cape Town - lives in Amsterdam. I noticed that she mostly paints figures. She uses polaroids of friends, magazine images, and film stills, etc. I like the way she makes the looseless in the ink/paint work.
Marlene Dumas has a show at MOMA through 2/16/09. Measuring Your Own Grave.