Castle Fine Art Gallery Launch Diamond Dust Collection

Mayfair’s Castle Fine Art Gallery will see the launch of a shimmering new collection of prints showcasing the world’s most famous movie icon of all: Marilyn Monroe.

Based on photographs hand-picked from Twentieth Century Fox studio archives, acclaimed artist Simon Claridge has created a six-piece collection of beautiful Marilyn Monroe silkscreen images. The collection has never been seen before as artwork, and each piece is hand embellished with sparkling diamond dust. The stunning new pieces are available to view and buy at Castle Fine Art, Bruton Street.

Creator of the beautiful works, Simon Claridge, says “I’ve always regarded myself as a portrait painter; it’s where my passion lies. For me, the screen shots of Marilyn from her Fox movies are the ultimate portrait – it doesn’t get any better.”

Claridge’s The Diamond Dust Collection represents Marilyn in symbolic black and white, enveloped in what has now become his trademark ‘diamond dust’ as a nod to the glamour and opulence of Hollywood. Using the glittering diamond dust on each image, Claridge ensures the works portray something of the aura of Marilyn and the luminescence of her being under the spotlight.

His portfolio showcases a selection of popular female cultural icons throughout history – from the worlds of film, fashion, modelling and music, visually acknowledging and chronicling timeless society figures from the annals of music history, the catwalks of the fashion world as well as cinematic greats like Bardot and Hepburn. Claridge’s work is sought after by many big names – including LA stylist Rachel Zoe and Henry Holland. As the artist himself says: ‘My goal is to leave to the viewer some tangible emotional feeling’; and here at Verge we think Simon has certainly exceeded his aim, the dazzling star quality of Marilyn is easily felt by all from simply looking at the pictures, the diamond dust truly brings the picture to life.

The six images from ‘Fox Presents the Films of Marilyn: The Diamond Dust Collection’ are available in small, medium and large size formats in both silkscreen on paper, and silkscreen on canvas mediums. Prices start from £995 and portfolios of all six images are available to buy at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair.

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For further information about Simon Claridge, please visit www.castlefineart.com

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