Homage: ‘The Regal Twelve’ (2004-2007) ‘The Royal Dozen’ (2008-2010)
Princesses, warlords, dandies and divas take the stage to form two highly complex fine art series titled ‘The Regal Twelve’ and ‘The Royal Dozen’.
Through the study of nobility in history and portraiture, Alexia Sinclair has produced twenty-four innovative artworks formed from thousands of photographs and illustrations.
Forming a collection titled ‘Homage’ Sinclair pays tribute to the historical figures that form these series.
Legends of the lives of the nobles continue to captivate us today, from the pampered decadence of Marie Antoinette to the epic legend of Alexander the Great. Other rulers who also form these series are less renowned yet equally intriguing. An unusual blend of Royalty, their selection was based on their contrasts in leadership, their flamboyancies and their enduring influence upon society.
Travelling the globe photographing architecture and landscapes, Sinclair returned to Australia to hand make bespoke costuming for each portrait. Photographing actors, props and sets, she then meticulously stitched together each component in postproduction along with hand illustrations.
In the style of the renaissance painters, Sinclair weaves a myriad of delicious symbols and motifs into each portrait, allowing each story to unfold.
Exploring the complexities of the famous, the infamous and the obscure, these portraits celebrate historical realities within the guise of contemporary fantasy, a kind of conversation between the past and present.
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