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Les rois, 2006

Group of six paintings: oil paint on linen mounted on plywood, 92 x 46 cm each.

Process : 7 young women took part in a body painting session. The decor was of abstract coloured walls and chairs. The clothes were kept minimal and the hair was coloured. Even though not directing their each move, I encouraged them to think of power as an innate feminine quality and improvise on it. I took hundreds of shots. 12 chosen photographs were part of an end of century art calendar. Because these were so poignant I decided to perpetuate them and return them to painting in a Beaux-Arts manner. Titles include Le Roi des rois, Stigmates, Affres, Collusion, L’Enfant-Roi and Le traité.