Serge Gainsbourg portrait (2014)
A3 in size - Inks, pencils, magazine collage, coloured card and chalk.
Signed and numbered edition of 30.
Available as a high quality giclee print on matt-finish smooth rag paper.
Original cut and paste illustration also available to buy - email me at dunstancarter(at)gmail.com for info.
An old YouTube clip that always amuses me involves Whitney Houston, an embarrassed French TV show host and a horny Serge Gainsbourg. If you've seen it already, you'll know exactly why it titillates me - it's hilarious, awkward, embarrassing and ridiculous simultaneously. When I first saw it all I knew about Serge Gainsbourg was 'Je Taime', some weird, even pervier tune he'd done called, 'Lemon Incest' and, well, that was about it. My first route into music is often the lyrics, so, in my teens and 20's the idea of listening to loads of French stuff never appealed. As I've matured and delved deeper into certain music genres, world music and various oddities, I've grown to love the pervy old weirdo. I've even read stuff about his life and got sucked into the whole mythology that surrounds him - and some of his music is brilliant, totally unique stuff that when I'm in the right mood absolutely tickles those enjoyment nodules in my brain. A lot of the portraits I do have a vaguely naturalistic look to them but with this Serge piece I wanted something a little bit more stylised and quirky looking. The hair is collaged and I liked the idea of framing him low in the picture and letting his cigarette smoke drift upwards into the space. The beiche card and accentuated features add to the ever so slight wonkiness of it all too. It's still one of my favourites three years on.