Court Painter, style icon? Rolling Stone,Vanity Fair, Vogue & GQ add CP to International Best-Dressed List
‘I used to wear capes,sandals and a tam… they disappeared around the time my wife, Mary, came into my life’
Court Painter made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s August issue and heads are turning. The overall glowing story calls Court Painter “a progressive, rational, forward-thinking art leader”.
On the front cover, Court Painter is pictured with the words “Why Can’t He Be Our Court Painter?” He stares intensely through clouds of smoke as he leans in to best express his Alpha presence.
The photo has annoyed conservative politicians and art pundits of the Great Dominion with the usual comments about his lack of hair, his lack of appeal to young non smoking Canadians and how he can’t even spell feminist.
Court Painter has earned a new distinction, joining Barack and Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, members of the British Royal family and actors Idris Elba, Fan Bingbing and Helen Mirren on Vanity Fair’s latest edition of the International Best-Dressed List. Notably Chris Cran has not been included again this year!
The magazines released the 2016 editions this week, with Court Painter — a self-confessed fan of “colourful socks without holes” — among the figures lauded for their sartorial decisions.
Under his entry, Court Painter listed “a well-worn pair of mom jeans” as well as the “handmade road kill jacket” among his favourite items of clothing.
With a note of self-deprecation, he also quipped that his style icon — if left to his own devices — was the Nelson Auteur character from the Nelson Auteur video series.
“I used to wear capes,sandals and a tam,” he says. “Oddly, they disappeared around the time my wife, Mary, came into my life. By the way, she is not the battle axe as has been rumoured.”
Court Painter is depicted on the magazine’s website in a host of images, from wearing dapper suits and formal studio wear for art openings, events and international portrait summits ; to more casual wear while imbibing, during the Stampede parade and at a previous blast at the Alberta Orphan & Abandoned Well Festival.
The annual list dates back to 1940, when it was founded by American fashion industry pioneer Eleanor Lambert to create “a sociological record of our time.”
Last winter, Vogue magazine almost published a lengthy profile of Court Painter , complete with dramatic photos of his Inglewood studio and his local drinking hole. He was also hailed as “The Court Painter of Suave” by GQ magazine.