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This is a work inspired by Helmut Newton's 1975 photograph of Elsa Peretti wearing a Bunny Girl outfit, standing on a New York balcony with the skyline as a backdrop.

I wanted to strip away as much of the gloss as possible and look at the glamour in it's simplest form. To do this, I started by complicating it as much as possible, and then subtracting until only one colour remained. I did this by re-creating the original scene in 3D in a computer environment, complete with glamourous avatar. I experimented with variations in costume, virtual camera angle, and other elements until I found the look I wanted. Then I took the 'virtual' photo. Using that as a template back in the real world, I created a physical stencil with plastic and scalpel that isolated the core details of the image, then mixed a dense but delicately shaded powder blue paint to use in a silk screen process. The density created a physicality to the paint's surface texture (see close up) that I wanted to emphatically reinstate after it's round trip in the virtual world.

The original is in my private collection.
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Bunny Girl Painting

Frankie Rockett

United Kingdom

Painting, Paint on Paper

Size: 8 W x 9 H x 0.1 D in

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This is a work inspired by Helmut Newton's 1975 photograph of Elsa Peretti wearing a Bunny Girl outfit, standing on a New York balcony with the skyline as a backdrop. I wanted to strip away as much of the gloss as possible and look at the glamour in it's simplest form. To do this, I started by complicating it as much as possible, and then subtracting until only one colour remained. I did this by re-creating the original scene in 3D in a computer environment, complete with glamourous avatar. I experimented with variations in costume, virtual camera angle, and other elements until I found the look I wanted. Then I took the 'virtual' photo. Using that as a template back in the real world, I created a physical stencil with plastic and scalpel that isolated the core details of the image, then mixed a dense but delicately shaded powder blue paint to use in a silk screen process. The density created a physicality to the paint's surface texture (see close up) that I wanted to emphatically reinstate after it's round trip in the virtual world. The original is in my private collection.

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Painting:Paint on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:8 W x 9 H x 0.1 D in

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Hello. My name is Frankie Rockett. I am a full time artist living in London. I work with a variety of media that includes paint and ink, stained glass and video, switching between them to choose the most approprite as the subject suggests.

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