Antidote Art and Lumbers Jewellers bring Simon Claridge to Leicester

Leicester-based gallery Antidote Art has teamed up with Lumbers Jewellers to launch a new collection by acclaimed British artist Simon Claridge.
The artist has joined forces with iconic global brand Playboy to launch the artwork – which pays homage to some of the magazine’s most iconic cover images.Claridge has garnered international acclaim for his fine art interpretations of iconic figures on silkscreen, including female stars such as Twiggy, Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe.
Richard Atkiss and Sara Lovatt, founders and gallery managers of Antidote Art, said: “Playboy is one of the most instantly recognisable brands in the world and Simon’s new collection pays homage to this bastion of popular culture.

“Playboy’s recent announcement to no longer feature nudity within the pages of its magazine reinforces Claridge’s approach to this new collection which focuses on a range of vintage cover images from the 1960s through to 1980s.

“We are so honoured to be able to work with Simon, in exhibiting this collection and bringing it to Leicester.”

Claridge said: “Playboy, to me, represents so many firsts… It’s progressive, revolutionary… I cannot emphasise enough the reach and scope of Playboy’s influence.

“Andy Warhol is the primary influence in my career; he famously created a Playboy cover, cementing the relationship between Playboy and Pop Art, and paving the way for artists like me. I am so proud that my diamond dust collection is to be part of Playboy’s lineage in 20th century culture.”

The new images are now available to buy from Antidote Art, 31 High Street Lutterworth.


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