Blurring the line between painting and photography, Alexia Sinclair is an award-winning Australian Fine Art photographer and digital artist. The dark, seductive, baroque and symbolic pictures in her portfolio are made up of different photographs blended to form one image. Backgrounds are often shot in a diverse range of locations to get the components of the images.
Sinclair’s most famous works to date include the Regal Twelve. The series portrays twelve European monarchs, such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of Spain, and Marie Antoinette, who have ruled supreme and whose lives span over two millennia. With warrior woman-like and goddess-like qualities suggestive of the strength of the modern woman and contemporary notions of beauty, it is a diverse series that celebrates the famous, the infamous and the obscure. Exploring the complexities of each ruler, The Regal Twelve celebrates historical realities within the guise of contemporary fantasy, a kind of conversation between the past and present.
In the post, Inspiration in Illustration she discusses the list of painters and digital illustration artists that inspire her. She finds inspiration in traditional fine artists such as Anna Platten who works in oils and charcoal. And in digital illustration artists such as Ray Caesar and Linda Bergkvist who employ a stylus pen as their paintbrush and redefine the contemporary painted portrait and blur the lines of reality and fantasy.
“Inherit a city of brick and leave behind a city of marble.” — Pope Julius
The role and influence of artists patronage through history is a fascinating subject. In a recent Fine Art Requires Patrons post on Alexia’s blog, she discusses the need for generous patrons in today’s world of fine art to make possible the flowering of the artist’s vision. As artists engage regularly with their fanbase via blogs in a direct way and looking for creative ways to share techniques and distribute their art like Alexia does, the more successful they will be. I’m in total agreement that the patronage model is the way we keep our favorite artists fed, clothed and motivated to produce more for us.
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