I have been an admirer of David Bowie for about ten years, from the end of my teenagehood. This man managed to make me understand and gave me the feeling that it was okay to be eccentric and even valuable.
I will always remember the day he died because I couldn’t believe it, it was so sudden, he was young and I was sure I would see him perform someday. No one equals David Bowie, who has pushed far away the limits of what it means to be an artist.
Among my idols, he is the only one whose music is so eclectic and has been released during various decades starting in the sixties. To me, he is such an impressive man. When he died, my father even told me that he had been impressed by how savant he seemed when he spoke.
8th of my Through another medium – Inspiring people star series, he is also the most well done. I have tried to create a contrast between the realism of the skin, face and hair, and the abstract shapes of the vest, the hand playing the role of an in-between, a bond. The white dots can be seen as stars. What else to dress this “Starman“, this “Ziggy Stardust” on a “Space Oddity” ?
I took great pleasure in painting his iconic, unique, mismatched eyes, his beautiful aquiline nose and golden hair, as well as reinventing his emblematic red and blue lightning bolt from Aladdin Sane‘s cover. My point was not to paint only a realistic portrait of David Bowie but also to be able to express who and what were David Bowie’s music, art and identity.
This painting has been exhibited in Paris, in Galerie Thuillier, from June 19th to July 2nd 2020. It was visible 13 rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris. Vernissage: June 23rd, from 4 to 9 pm.
I decided to paint a second painting of David Bowie, called Spirit Bowie. I painted him in a more expressive, less realistic way.
These two painting are currently exhibited in Le Puy-en-Velay, France, during the 41st International Art Fair of Haute-Loire, to which I have been invited to exhibit, following my participation to the Art Capital Fair in Grand Palais, in February 2020.