As Oscar buzz mounts to a frenzy with the upcoming Academy Awards, we share with you this piognant body of work by Sarah Beetson based on the theme "Homage to Hollywood". Beetson created a series of larger than life paintings (some of them over 5 1/2 feet square), for the group exhibition held at 19 Karen Contemporary Art Gallery in Australia. Sarah's series, entitled The Lost Boys, explores the turbulent nature of child celebrity.
On her inspiration for the show, Beetson said, "I wanted to look at the darker more destructive side of fame. The seven subjects (Corey Haim, River Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Brad Renfro, Christopher Pettiet, Jonathan Brandis and Sage Stallone) were a generation of boys all born in the 1970s or early 80s, who all began acting in childhood and all died due to substance abuse or suicide in their 20s and 30's. I grew up watching them in Hollywood movies like, Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead, Stand By Me, License To Drive, The Never-ending Story II, Rocky V, Sleepers and 10 Things I Hate About You. ".
Photos courtesy of Mark Bermingham. Below is Sarah and her 'Mad Hatter' friend Patrick having a blast at the show opening in front of two of her giant paintings. (Everyone attending the show dressed up as their favorite Hollywood characters.)
The child star Cory Haim, notably from the film, The Lost Boys, 1987.
River Phoenix from the hit film Stand by Me, 1986.
Heath Ledger, The Joker in The Dark Knight, 2008, who died before the film's release.