I’m working on several version of this at the moment…
Oil on canvas 20″ x 15″
Like most of my work, there are many versions. This is a painting from my sculpture in plaster, which is based on a photograph of a 19thC. actress.
The artist’s model and actress, Evelyn Nesbit is the inspiration for this series of work. Sighted as the first ‘Supermodel’ and a global phenomena in 1901-16.
There are no colour images from her time and only a selection of B&W photos. Her beauty was both her gift and her curse.
Is beauty eternal? She was part of the first generation to be captured by photography as she really was. I wondered if she would still be regarded so today. I embarked on making a ‘mask’ from the images available so as to reproduce her as near as possible. This is still ongoing.
The beginnings of another version w.i.p.