Dita von Teese is a very, special and unique woman. It makes no doubt that she is the best of the world in her practice field: what us French people chastely call “effeuillage” (burlesque stripping) and she is also the mistress of controlling her own image, which is always extremely sophisticated, as well as glamorous. She is the Green Fairy because, she truly is a magician from the past, revolutionizing a prohibited but yet exquisite universe.
I did this portrait because she inspires me a lot: being so extravagant and meanwhile so successful makes me believe it is allowed to be eccentric and different these days, which isn’t that obvious considering that many people made it clear that my creativity had to be a leisure, or silenced. I am considering focusing on Dita von Teese on a parallel series since she inspires me most and is also the embodiment and quintessence of expressing one’s creativity and extravagance. Her commitment to glamorous also made the exercise of painting her a delight. I guess painting her was my way to pay tribute to her and the testimony of my admiration. It shows how positively she has influenced my life as a woman and an artist.
But I also did it because I found very interesting to represent in painting an image that has been thought for both printed and digital display. What do you think of the result in painting? Doesn’t it bring back this modern days retro-lover icon to the past, when pin-up girls where painted? For this portrait, I made an exception and chose an image that doesn’t come from a photo call.
Three filigree are hidden in her hair, three as well are visible in the background, one on her right arm, and finally, the bra is an unpainted collage.
This painting has been selected to be exhibited at the Grand Palais, in Paris, during an Art Fair in February 2020 (from the 11th to the 16th), at the side of my portrait of Julia Roberts.
Art evolves with its time. Thanks to social media, I have been able to know that Dita von Teese herself has liked my portrait of her… What an honor!
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I hope one day I’ll be able to know the opinion of all the celebrities I have painted about their portrait.
Below are photos of this portrait hung in the Grand Palais, Paris, as well as in the exhibition catalogue, and in Wotisart? #33, December 2019. Wotisart? is a British art magazine.