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Tali Lennox: From Modeling to Art

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“As an artist, you are the creator, whereas being a model, you’re a part of someone else’s creation. With art, none of it is about the way you look. I spend some days in the same scruffy outfit with no makeup on and paint smears on my skin. It’s not about me, it’s about the canvas. With modeling, you have to take care of your appearance — you are the canvas.”  

Tali Lennox is an accomplished model who has worked for houses like Prada, Topshop and Burberry, but fashion wasn’t enough for the 22-year old daughter of  music legend Annie Lennox. In 2014, she decided to switch to the Art industry where she could fully demonstrate her passion and her talent.

Lennox, who had passion for art since she was a little child, works with portraits as well as self-portraits. None of her images are something you would consider as soft. She works with a more dramatic and characteristic way of painting; her images are intense, raw and honest, including an impressive dark-light contrast. 

In her latest exhibition, she uses mainly self-portraits as a reaction to social media and the Internet. –” I’m ironically calling my self-portraits my ‘selfies,’ because rather than using a cell phone (which is instant) I am taking my time on each detail in a very old-fashioned medium of oil paint. I’m digging deeper to expose elements of human nature that we all relate to but are able to mask online, which is strangely becoming more real and important to many people than the actual world. ” 

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