Sigmar Polke, Richard Burbridge, Vogue Italia, Great Exaggerations, SubversiveThe visual alchemy of Richard Burbridge is his ability to transform something beautiful into something subversively sublime. “Great Exaggerations” which appeared in Vogue Italia illustrates an unusual elegance with a haunting color palette and striking make-up and styling. Particularly noteworthy is the artful attention on the eyes. One of his inspirations is the artwork of Sigmar Polke, whose work is similarly subversive and combines imagery from contradictory or unexpected sources. Included here are a few examples of Polke’s work. Of course not all of Richard Burbridge’s work is dark, but here he has created a mysteriously beautiful luminosity that has me spellbound.

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