These works depict musicians who significantly influenced me during my formative years during the 1980s and 1990s.
So far I've painted Debbie Harry, Bjork, Poly Styrene, Kate Bush, Madonna, Annie Lennox and Siouxsie Sioux. I consciously chose to paint strong female singers to champion them as these women were my role models when I was growing up. For the series, I looked for images to work from that showed the essence of the subjects, and I tried to capture some of their intensity which had such a positive effect on me when I was young.
I aimed to create a dialogue between the gaze of the painting and the viewer. The paintings also interact with each other when seen collectively.
I was also interested in the idea of painting something from popular culture which is considered a low art form using a traditionally high one.
After watching the 3D version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011, I wondered if it would be possible to create a 3D image using oil paint.
I researched how to make an anaglyph 3D photograph of a projected film still, and then selected one film to represent each decade between the 1950s and 2000s, before the use of 3D became prominent in mainstream cinemas. The selection process was entirely subjective – although I tried to choose films which I thought represented each decade. The main project consists of six paintings of the anaglyph versions of the film stills I chose from each film.
I have painted 'Maggie' (Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Audrey Hepburn in 'Sabrina', 'Iris' (Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver), 'Rachael' (Sean Young in Blade Runner), 'Leeloo' (Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element) and 'Raimunda' (Penelope Cruz in Volver).
The subjects in my portraits are usually closely cropped. This project gave me the opportunity to incorporate backgrounds to give some illusion of depth within the works, as well as the three dimensional aspect that the flashes of red and cyan suggest.