Fox Presents the Films of Marilyn The Diamond Dust Collection by Simon Claridge
In 2014 celebrated contemporary artist Simon Claridge began a collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products - a Hollywood studio synonymous with some of the greatest films in living memory - and one of their most illustrious film stars; Marilyn Monroe.
Revealing a new side to Marilyn Monroe
Twentieth Century Fox Studios produced 12 iconic films starring Marilyn Monroe, 5 of which are in Marilyn’s top grossing of all time; films that subsequently launched her career and began the world’s love affair with the captivating and stunning young actress.
The six interpretations of Marilyn Monroe created for this collection are drawn from her most famous Fox movies; ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’ and the prestigious and rare collection of photography stills, test shots and outtakes from the Fox Studios’ coveted archives. From the FOX film archives spanning decades, Claridge has created six silkscreens that capture Marilyn Monroe’s film career at 20th Century Fox. Some, drawn from her most iconic films, will be familiar to you, whilst others, taken from never-before-seen test-shots, capture a different, less familiar side to Marilyn.
The Diamond Dust Collection by Simon Claridge adds a new dimension to the Fox and Marilyn Monroe film legacy. With this unique fine art work, Claridge’s technique builds layer upon layer of colour and shade in his work and serves conversely to peel back the layers to reveal a quality in Monroe beneath the Hollywood veneer. This feat is both testament to Claridge’s refined artistic skill, but also his personal attachment to the movies 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and ‘How To Marry a Millionaire’, and the incurred zeal to pay respect to both the woman that she was as well as the silver screen icon that she became.
The collection is available in galleries and online now.