The Queen is Dead by Alessandro Tomassetti

13th Annual ARC Salon (2017-2018)

Alessandro Tomassetti

The Queen is Dead

2017

60.96 x 45.72 cm | 24 x 18 in

Oil on aluminum panel

  • ARC & FWSD 2018 Award

This work is on loan from a private collection.

"The model for The Queen is Dead is a young Dutch ceramics artist who I met through Instagram. He came to Barcelona for a session of reference photos and midway through, I began to feel that I wasn't getting what I wanted from the set up. He had delicate features and an undeniable radiance, which I liked, but it read as juvenile and too pretty without something serving as contrast. So, I threw a sheepskin rug over his shoulders and told him to imagine himself as the ambitious 'next in line to the throne.' Suddenly this regal, steely expression appeared on his face and I knew I’d have something to work with. I brought focus to his determined gaze by sharpening the rendering of the face and hair while leaving the hands and fur more loosely painted." – ALESSANDRO TOMASSETTI