Portrait of GONG LI
Portrait of ANGELIQUE KIDJO
Portrait of MADONNA
Portrait of ANNA NETREBKO
Portrait of MARINA ABRAMOVIC
Portrait of RED TARA
Portrait of PRINCESS MASAKO
of Japan
Portrait of PHOOLAN DEVI
Portrait of JESSIE NORMAN
Portrait of BENAZIR BHUTTO
Portrait of AUNG SAN SUU KYI
Portrait ofVIVIENNE WESTWOOD
Portrait of GAL COSTA
Portrait of CATHERINE DENEUVE
Portrait of JULIA KRISTEVA
Portrait of MADONNA
Portrait of QUEEN SONJA
of Norway
Portrait of HILLARY CLINTON

LIPSTICK PORTRAITS

Lipstick Portraits (initiated in 1995) is an open series of paintings of renowned women from Asia, South and North America, and Europe. For each portrait, the artist employs a different lipstick color that for him corresponds to the woman's cultural background and race. The lipstick paint is uniformly rubbed onto the silk velvet surface, covering its original color. After the application of the (50 to 100) lipstick, which, like a new "skin," protects the soft surface, the velvet is stretched and mounted with a golden frame. In portraying women, some of whom are regarded as "icons" of our time, Markovic does not repeat their faces, which are familiar to us due to their (over-) presence in the media of mass reproduction. Instead, he shapes the women's individuality with utterly pictorial means (by a particular color of lipstick), but indicates their identities with a nominalist gesture, i.e., via their names presented on metal plates placed on the lower side of the frames. In Lipstick Portraits, Markovic approaches his "models" as discursive figures whose fame, "image" and ultimately, "charisma," are in great part produced through their visibility in mass media, and in fact, for us mortals, they only exist in and by visual representations.