Acclaimed British artist Simon Claridge has teamed up with iconic global brand Playboy to launch a new collection which pays homage to some of the magazine’s most iconic cover images. The new collection features six cover images dating from 1967-1982 which Claridge handpicked after being granted rare access to the Playboy archives.
Each of the iconic covers have then been transformed into a series of limited edition silkscreen prints – hand signed by the artist – and embellished with Claridge’s signature ‘diamond dust’ finish. The unique technique ensures that no two people will view Claridge’s art in the same way as light is reflected and refracted off the shiny particles of the ‘diamond dust’– an incredibly rare material that was handmade to order for this project.
Claridge has garnered international acclaim for his fine art interpretations of iconic figures on silkscreen, including female stars such as Twiggy, Bardot, Marilyn. With an emphasis towards vintage styling and classic photographic technique, his much anticipated new collection embraces Playboy’s glamourous and provocative spirit.
“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.”