Imagining pictures of famous places, Dexter Dalwood invents believable scenes of celebrities’ private lives. In his painting of the Liberace Museum, Dalwood envisions the pianist’s home-cum-shrine as a palace of camp decadence. Acres of pink carpet, swooping staircases, and gilt decoration confirm the viewer’s expectations of the showbiz icon’s personal domain. Dexter Dalwood often incorporates a subtle humour in his work: here bold masculine pinstripes are rendered in garish fuchsia, and a mumsy petit point cushion adorns a distant chair next to a hideous Bambi statue. The absence of Liberace’s grand aura is referenced to in the reflection-less polished floor beneath the piano; the large glimmering crystal in the foreground is a memento of his lasting charisma.

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