The Paris Hilton Series
“The Annunciation of Paris”, 2008
“Hilton Curing Cancer at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)”, 2009
"Queen Hilton Knighting (Sir) Wlliam D'Aubigny, 2010
More to Come!
This body of work illustrates the fact that Paris Hilton is the most painted woman throughout history. Her beauty is eternal and her memory will be etched into the minds of generations to come.
The Annunciation scene depicts Paris Hilton receiving news from Angel Gabrielle that she is pregnant and will be the mother of the Christ child. Painted in the style of an Early Renaissance Netherlandish artist, Rogier Van Der Weyden, the work is filled with religious iconography including a Peacock whose flesh it was believed never decayed. There are twelve birds (disciples), three trees (trinity), a flask of water illustrating how Christ’s spirit permeates the vessel like light permeates the flask, a Christian church (somewhat anachronistic), a pagan festival, and isolated sheep, the symbol of Christ himself.
The process of painting the work and structure of the painting replicates the 15th Century as much as possible. Painted on birch panel prepared with rabbit skin glue and lead white primer, the support replicates the structures religious persons used to communicate stories to the secular masses. Using oil glazes as the primary vehicle to develop the images allows for the luminosity the smooth panel provides. The work took nine months to complete.
Hilton Curing Cancer at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) depicts Paris curing cancer within a contemporary laboratory. She and her colleagues are modeled after the 19th Century American artist Thomas Eakins. The work was painted on linen with large brushes and employing a bit of tenebroso that Eakins loved. This work took twelve months to complete.
Queen Hilton Knighting (Sir) William D'Aubigny illustrates the point where William D'Aubigny b. 1165 is knighted before setting off to the East to fight for Christianity during the Crusades. He died in 1221. The painting is painted in the style of the Pre-Raphaelites. This work took ten months to complete.
Brett Osborn is currently the Associate Dean of Fine Arts at The Savannah College of Art and Design on the Atlanta campus. His work has been featured in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Arts and Antiques, New American Painters, and The Los Angeles Times.