The public fascination with celebrity existed long before reality TV ever existed, with icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn referenced time and time again. Those that have endured through the decades will find themselves being doubly immortalized in George Chamoun’s work, as the young designer has chosen to amalgamate composites of modern and classic icons in his beautiful photographs. Taking two images of different stars, he painstakingly creates a composite that displays both at the same time. I’m very taken with the way that Twilight star Robert Pattinson has been blended with James Dean, and Scarlet Johansson/ Marilyn Monroe is a striking picture.
The focus of this work about the idealization of beauty through the ages and the relation with it in anatomy. The ‘Iconatomy’ works feature some of today’s most famous celebs, and all images used have not been altered in anyway- just a lot of searching on the work of the artist for the perfect portrait shot. The collage shots are so cleverly created that it’s hard to see where one starts and begins, and there’s something very impressive about these images.
Angelina Jolie/Elizabeth Taylor and George Clooney/Cary Grant
Natalie Portman/ Audrey Hepburn
Perhaps it’s the fact that ‘iconic’ celebrities have been updated with young starlets, or that what we perceive as beautiful now was equally the same thirty years ago- suggesting that we’re less prone to changing our minds than previously thought? George Chamoun stresses that the celebrities combined do not make a statement about them individually, rather their enduring qualities and style, but it’s hard not to draw comparisons when dealing with ‘classical beauty’ and what that means to different individuals.