Elle.com was able to get an exclusive look at Richard Phillips, a painter from New York, newest Most Wanted Collection that will be featured in London at White Cube starting January 28.
He also spoke a little bit about why he chose each star and that can be found below the jump.
These photos are gorgeous! I really like Dakota’s painting and he did a fantastic job on all of the guys!
What do you think?
Kristen Stewart, 2010
“I think the easiest one right off the bat was Kristen because of her relationship with Pattinson; plus, New Moon and Twilight were such a success. And just at that time she was hitting it big with The Runawayswith Dakota Fanning. The Runawayswas kind of a great but wasted opportunity, because the film was horribly directed and terribly shot, but their performances isolated from that were great.”
Miley Cyrus, 2010
“For sure, Miley Cyrus made sense. To my mind, if there’s Zac, there has to be Miley, being the Disney queen ofHannah Montana fame. A German curator came over and said, ‘I don’t know who any of these people are.’ And it came out that he had a daughter who was nine years old, and I said, ’Let’s take a picture with your phone of you in front of Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron and then I want you to see what she has to say about this.’ She was out of her mind about it.”
Taylor Swift, 2010
“There’s no attempt at naturalism here, and in a way the Taylor Swift painting is oddly one of the most painterly ones; with her glitter dress and dripping earrings, they’re all made out of paint. There was no attempt at rendering diamonds or glitter, which most photo-realists would fall all over themselves to do. I’m just stabbing the canvas with paint splotches like Chuck Close’s expressionist pixelation. Pitting that contrast of the very soft and subtle skin with the very hard-edge logos and halo allows the painting to do the kind of things paintings can do, which is to show dynamic differences for specific purposes.”
Dakota Fanning, 2011
“In the hand-painted billboard Marc Jacobs has on Greenwich Avenue, I remember their use of Day-Glo yellow, and I felt that would be the color of the halo. When we found the blue, it was the ultimate Marc Jacobs blue; I think I even had a shirt I based it on. The yellow and blue seemed to be the perfect combination to deal with the tint to her hair. She has a very innocent look and should be the one you feel the most relaxed with because of the feelings she evokes. But the Dakota Fanning image scares me the most.”
Robert Pattinson, 2009
“The demand for getting things right with Pattinson—getting the lips right, the beard right—is important because all the character he has in his classic ‘I’ve seen it all before’ look is made up of all those constituent parts. A friend of mine stopped by and said, ’There’s a subliminal message in his beard, but I can’t make it out.’ There isn’t [laughs].”
Zac Efron, 2009
“It’s like in James [Frey’s] story about where things go when they become incredible superstars to the point where they are no longer themselves, and they have to send out body doubles and cars going in the wrong direction. The weirdest thing about making the show is to come in every day and have the dynamics of all the crazy speculation and stories coming out on every single one of them. You have these funny fake, publicist-made relationships, and what was great the other day when I finished the show, there was a picture of [Zac and Taylor Swift] arm-in-arm together and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s too much!’”