La Giaconda - Mona Lisa - LHOOQ
I draw much inspiration from Fine Art though, until this set of pictures, I had not sought to copy it. I was working on a portfolio of prints for this lovely model when I was struck by her likeness to the lady in Leonardo Da Vinci's painting. I suggested recreating it to her and she was enthusiastic, but it proved impossible to match the distinctive costume. By happy coincidence I came across a website that hosted recreations of famous paintings and photographs, and realised that several used body paint. I knew a little about airbrushing, the model was equally keen and La Giaconda was the result. What I really wanted to create though, was Duchamp's parody of it - LHOOQ (a rather rude french schoolboy joke). The Dada movement cleared the decks for Surrealism, Abstraction, Expressionism, Pop Art, Op Art, Conceptual Art and all the ..isms of the 20th century. This is my "Homage a Dada Duchamp".
It wasn't easy to follow Mona Lisa but Klimt provided a number of well known portraits, and Frida Khalo another very moving self portrait. Just to make sure, I've included the original alongside most of the paintings.