Giles Oldershaw has been creating some seriously interesting portraiture, often ispired by the subjects themseves. In one case he used a old bag to re-create a model’s “craggy baggy face” and in another case used a baked potato! In the last year he’s really been pushing his creativity, this time using everyday cardboard to create impressive portraits of yesteryear’s celebs – from Marlon Brando to Marilyn Monroe.[see_also]
Oldershaw’s work is created by carefully pealing or cutting away layers of corrugated cardboard to reveal the textured layers below. In many cases he uses board that has a white finish on its top surface, something that really makes his subjects pop to life in high contrast. The material affords him a lot of options: he can use the original white surface; scrap down to the first brown layer; cut through to the corrugations; or remove those to reveal the backing surface. The likenesses he creates are seriously stunning and it’s clear to see he’s gaining a significant following around his local Oxford, England – where you’ll find his work in many galleries and cafes. Check out more at gilesoldershaw.co.uk.