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Celebrities Reinvented as Neoclassical Generals with George Dawe Portraits

Replace Face is the codename of an artist who took inspiration from English painter George Dawe to reinvent celebrities as neoclassical generals.

Hugh Jackman as a Neoclassical General

Alan Rickman as a Neoclassical General

Will Smith as a Neoclassical General

Will I Am as a Neoclassical General

Tom Selleck as a Neoclassical General

Sylvester Stallone as a Neoclassical General

Simon Pegg as a Neoclassical General

Samuel L Jackson as a Neoclassical General

Robert Downey Jr as a Neoclassical General

Ricky Gervais as a Neoclassical General

Neil Armstrong as a Neoclassical General

Mr T as a Neoclassical General

Mickey Rourke as a Neoclassical General

Michael Jackson as a Neoclassical General

Michael Clarke Duncan as a Neoclassical General

Matt Damon as a Neoclassical General

Leonardo Dicaprio as a Neoclassical General

Keith Richards as a Neoclassical General

Jet Li as a Neoclassical General

Jean Claude van Damme as a Neoclassical General

Iggy Pop as a Neoclassical General

Hugh Jackman as a Neoclassical General

George Lucas as a Neoclassical General

Frank Zappa as a Neoclassical General

Elvis Presley as a Neoclassical General

Eddy Murphy as a Neoclassical General

Dwayne Johnson as a Neoclassical General

David Bowie as a Neoclassical General

Dave Grohl as a Neoclassical General

Clint Eastwood as a Neoclassical General

Chuck Norris as a Neoclassical General

Bruce Willis as a Neoclassical General

Brad Pitt as a Neoclassical General

Bob Dylan as a Neoclassical General

Bill Murray as a Neoclassical General

Replace Face is the codename of an artist who took inspiration from English painter George Dawe to reinvent celebrities as neoclassical generals. The series consists in updating each one of the original Dawe’s paintings by changing the general’s face with one of a modern day celebrity. The resulting work is the unique set above, can you recognize everyone in the set?

Here’s what Replace Face has to say about his own work:

One thing I’ve always wanted to try is to incorporate someone into a painting, mimicking the painterly brush strokes and making everything fit and work nicely and look natural and stuff. There’s an art to head swapping, I’ve seen so many awful attempts. The most important things to consider are anatomy, perspective and lighting. If you can get those things right, you’re more than halfway there. My artistic ability serves me well with this stuff, I can just tell if something looks wrong.

So I found a bunch of images online, faithful photographic reproductions of original artwork by George Dawe. He was an English portrait artist who lived in St Petersburg in 1819. He was commissioned to paint portraits of Russian Generals who had successfully fought Napoleon in the Patriotic War of 1812 and over a nine year period he completed over 300 of them.

Luckily for me the two dimensional works of art are in the public domain because the copyright has expired (under UK law this typically means the author died over 70 years ago) this means they can be used as a basis for a derivative work without permission.

You can find more of Replace Face work on his Tumblr and buy his gear on Society6.


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