sKATE

Kate Moss - skateboard artwork created by artist James Straffon
sKATE
Repurposed vintage skateboard. Spray paint on plywood.
75cm x 20cm x 10cm
POA


In 1994, on a shoot for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, German photographer Peter Lindbergh created what was to become an iconic image of the twenty-year-old British fashion model Kate Moss. The style was raw and atypical of the ubiquitous, over-sexualised gloss of the fashion industry at that time. Lindbergh was inspired by the work of American photographer and photojournalist Walker Evans (1903 - 1975), specifically his celebrated chronicle of America’s mid-1930s Great Depression.

In a later interview with Nick Knight for Show Studio, Moss said of the shoot 
“When I was doing it I remember thinking ‘this is a classic Lindbergh picture’.”


In representing this immortal image, sKATE appropriates the same rawness, mirroring the wooden, weather-beaten vertical shutter-board background used in the original Lindbergh photograph through the skate deck’s time worn surface.

Kate Moss - skateboard artwork created by artist James Straffon



Kate Moss - skateboard artwork created by artist James Straffon


All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

An unveiling from the Duchess of Cambridge


On 11th May 2017, the Duchess of Cambridge visited Luxembourg on her second solo trip, to mark 150 years of the Treaty of London. Among many engagements during this brief visit the Duchess attended a specially organised festival in Luxembourg's Place Clairefontaine. This event was largely themed around cycling, becoming a semi-official launch of Luxembourg’s Tour de France program.

The British Embassy, in conjunction with Luxembourg’s Ministry of Economy, took the opportunity to commission James to create a special diptych piece - featuring two of the artists featuring in his When The Fox met The Rooster exhibition. Charly Gaul and Tom Simpson were chosen - with Gaul’s wife Josée, and daughter, Fabienne in attendance to unveil half of the artwork, as the Duchess revealed Tom Simpson on the opposite edge of the large-scale diptych.

“Have you done this before?” the Duchess asked James, while drawing back the red curtain covering his artwork.

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.