Jean Paul Goude
Recent photographs of famous French artist, Jean- Paul Goude, once again spurred controversy on social portals. The naked image of American star Kim Kardashian, that appeared on the front cover of the Paper Magazine last week, conveys a supposedly sexist message. Whatever the public opinion on this topic might be, there is no doubt about the outstanding artistic qualities of Goude’s photos. The Paris born artist, with almost 50 years of creative practice, developed a seductive style defined by graphic contrasts.
Influenced by his dance school owner mother, during his childhood years the artist claimed to have developed a "lifelong obsession with the dynamism of movement and form”. Goude’s work is never static. Whether he works on a studio portrait, an advertising campaign or a video, the notion of dance is always visible.
Photo: Jean Paul Goude
The dynamic style is embodied in his famous Grace Jones portrait series. Filled with emotions, this captivating work was created as the result of a personal relationship between the two artists. The couple collaborated on a number of projects such as music videos, photography and choreography.
In 1989, Goude created a design for a large scale procession during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, which became one of his most recognizable works.
Currently, the artists is working on various photographic commissions from the most prestigious editorials and brands, such as Kenzo, Vogue, Chanel and Kodak. He continues to create theatrical performances frozen in a form of two dimensional prints.
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