Portrait of Iris with Red Glasses, 2015

Mixed Media

Rhinestones, glitter, silver leaf, acrylic and Alexis Bittar brooches on lucite

24.00 x 24.00 in

61.0 x 61.0 cm

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The work of Brooklyn-based artist Mickalene Thomas explores the interplay of race, female beauty and identity, punctuated by the impeccable use of patterns, color and textures—continually reinventing modern portraiture. In this unique depiction of fashion icon Iris Apfel, commissioned by jewelry designer Alexis Bittar, Thomas incorporates her signature materials of rhinestones, silver leaf and acrylic, in addition to broaches by Bittar. The artist says of the work, “this piece is an obvious tribute to Iris and is definitely indicative of the experimenting I have been doing over the past year with silkscreen. I found the Lucite created a wonderful space between the two surfaces, giving it a dimensionality that I had hoped for before I made the first mark.” 

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