Cléo N.o1

Acrylic on Papyrus

60 x 65 x 8 cm

Number one in a series of contemporary twists on a classic mode of pop-culture, the celebrity portrait. In this case, a double-dose of celebrity - Elizabeth Taylor’s 1963 Hollywood portrayal of Cleopatra VII Philopator. Each version in the series is augmented with varying touches of decoration, leading us to wonder whether it’s Cleopatra or Taylor that is wearing the new accoutrements and fashions. Cléo No.1 features the natural tones of the papyrus support on display with the slightest touches of 1980s cyberpunk makeup and subtly pierced eyebrows. Hand drawn pyramids and ankh hieroglyphs add an ancient twist to the composition.

Subject matter: Pop Art

Creation Date: 2022