Tom Munro

31 08 2015



Celebrities are very photogenic. Like my daughter. And Leonard Cohen.  And Bob Dylan. The camera likes them and they like the camera.



Tom Waits

3 04 2013

Tom Waits always seemed old to me. His voice was old. Raspy and tarnished like Dylan’s voice is now. But then I saw a picture of Waits as a kid and I realized I knew him. He was the kid next door. The one who walked around the neighbourhood on stilts and peaked in people’s windows. And he always smoked. Like it was the cigarette that was singing and Waits was his dummy. But he’s a great talent. And I’ve loved him like the aunt who we used to visit in Baltimore. And who used to hug me so tight in her big bosom.

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Steve Payne

24 01 2012

“George Dawe was an English portrait artist who painted 329 portraits of Russian generals active during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia for the Military Gallery of the Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

I’m using digital copies of these paintings as a basis for my own work which involves incorporating my friends, family and even some celebrities into the paintings using photoshop.”

Mr. Payne has gone to  a lot of work here. And for some celebrities, it works. If they don’t look Russian, they do look like they belong in the uniform. I haven’t gone through the whole list but I don’t see any of my favourite Russian, Dolly Parton.

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