Kate Moss on being an Artists’ Muse!

29 November 2010

"London, 2006," by David Sims. David Sims

She’s still at the top of the fashion tree after all her years in the biz, but Kate Moss has the edge of all the other mannequins in another way – she’s been the subject of an uncommonly large group of artists too. In Kate's own words;


Portrait by Lucian Freud

‘I’ve worked with a lot of artists — Lucian Freud, Marc Quinn, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Jake and Dinos Chapman . . . I became friends with some of them. A lot of them, really. And, you know, we’d see each other out, hang out at parties and what have you, and over the years they’d ask me to do odd projects’.

Now she has worked with art dealer James Danziger, of Danziger Projects, putting together 11 images of her by 11 of her favorite photographers, including Chuck Close, Juergen Teller and Annie Leibovitz. The results will be exhibited at the Pulse art fair in Miami next month.


Kate portraits by Banksy

Kate's favourite is a black and white image by Mario Sorrenti. She said; ‘I was in a relationship with him at the time and it was a very intense period of my life — it was my growing-up stage. I think I was 18 or something. I’d left London and went to New York and everything started to happen.’

She also tried to explain the reason she is continually in demand; ‘I guess I’m adaptable. I don’t know, I kind of go with whatever they want. I don’t see myself as one thing. You know, I turn up at work and they can kind of do what they want with me, really [laughs]. It’s not like there is one look that I specifically do — I’ve done a lot of different things.’


GOLDEN sculpture by Marc Quinn

Hmm, we don't know if it's possible to explain Kate's peculiar appeal to painters and sculptors any more than we can to photographers and brands. (Her status as a rock 'n roll LEGEND perhaps?) We're pretty sure there's something more to it than an ability to adapt and do different poses.

If you can’t personally make it over to the Miami Art Fair to see the photographs, you can maybe think about making a trip to London to see her portrait by Mike Figgis currently showing at The Little Black Gallery as part of BEST OF BRITISH – an exhibition of works by some of the greatest British photographers past and present like Miles Aldridge, Terence Donovan, Terry O'Neill and loads of others. The show is open until 18 December.

The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ

Tel: 020-7349 9332.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm

- Naomi Attwood


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