Metro is delighted to support ‘Sacred Portraits’, the latest exhibition by London artist Alexander de Cadenet, producing and framing
the C Type prints
. The exhibition features a series of inspiring yet controversial historical icons as skull portraits from celebrities to ancient kings including Marilyn Monroe, Hitler and King Tutankhamun.
Breaking the traditional mould of portraiture this objective form of self-representation is made by de Cadenet passing his subjects through an x-ray process, revealing a skeletal forensic record with personalised elements relating to each subject’s unique character. He has been studying and working with portraiture for over 20 years, pre–dating work by other new contemporaries such as Damien Hurst.
Part of the series to note is ‘The Star’, a dramatic representation of Marilyn Monroe. Questioning the vanity of earthly status and fame de Cadenet reaches beyond external beauty to show the anatomical essence of the icon. He strips away all material elements to produce a parody of the glamorous mask of celebrity, leaving the star exposed and timeless with a certain divine presence suggested by the halo above.
Accepting private commissions as well as exploring historical figures de Cadenet’s work creates a timeless snapshot of the current moment with a medium that speaks to our past and future alike, the resultant radiography is authentic record of the subject’s identity and beyond today's prolifically produced Photoshop images.