James Ostrer

After smearing his subjects with sugary coloured cream cheese and icing, Ostrer's his latest portraits are an amalgamation of celebrity icons, who seduce their onlookers through traditional and social media. Among his subjects are those who Ostrer feels embodies John Updike’s dictum that celebrity is a mask that eats its own face, including Donald Trump, Tiger Woods, Miley Cyrus and Damian Hurst. Ostrer describes these effigies as ‘honesty portraits’, an externalistion of the media data that he has consumed day-to-day. Simultaneously celebrated and criticised, Ostrer feels that many stars today represent the embodiment of success and the ultimate construction of false value.