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Contemporary artist Sara Pope is well known for her bold, seductive paintings of voluptuous lips. Taking inspiration from her experience working for several years in the fashion industry as a shoe designer, and in magazines as a designer and art director, Sara aims to capture the glamour and seductive power conveyed by the lips and mouth. Raising questions of beauty, consumerism, and the rise of image perfectionism Sara imitates the slickness of advertising, whilst provocatively subverting its themes.
Her process involves applying several layers of thin, oil-diluted paint (often with lipstick thrown into the mix), blending and smoothing the colours extensively until the full, photo-real force of gloss and shine is achieved. This vibrant image is a print with diamond dust overlay at the background.