"The Leopard" Photograph 20 x 28, 28 x 40, 36 x 48
"The Moose" Photograph 20 x 28, 28 x 40, 36 x 48
"The Bear" Photograph 20 x 28, 28 x 40, 36 x 48
Miguel Vallinas Prieto began his ‘Second Skins’ series with the intention of ‘investigating the animal in us all’. This whimsical photo series sees various animals dressed in contemporary outfits, posing as typical human models would. The clothes appear to match their personalities, acting as a true second skin.
"Our clothes reveal what is locked within us," Vallinas suggests. "Certain people," he goes on, "wear certain clothes to differentiate themselves from others. But when they meet people dressed the same way, they form herds. Our clothing is like the fur of animals."
To create these images, the 42-year-old, from Valladolid in Spain, first photographed volunteer models from various walks of life in his studio. He then photographs animals – occasionally pets (for his very first, he used his dog Leo – "he was what I had at hand") and farm animals – and merged the images with those of their human counterparts to "dress" them in the clothes he felt were most befitting to their mien.
These second skins, he continues, "suggest options, possibilities and ultimately choices" of interpretations of our finery that might not be so open to us if they were standard portraits.
Selected Exhibitions: - Gallery Angel Cantero, Spain, solo show, Leon, Spain, 7 sept– 2 oct.2018. - Context art Miami, dec 2017 - Beauchamp art Gallery, Toronto, Canada, solo show, 2017. - Fotofever. París, France. Carrousel du Louvre, 2015. - Sala de Exposiciones Centro cultural Los Pinares, Nava de la Asunción, Segovia, Spain, March 2015. - My Life in Art Gallery, London Art Fair, London, January 2015 - Sala de Exposiciones del Ayuntamiento del Espinar, Segovia, Spain, January 2015 - BZ Art Studio Gallery, Hong Kong, China, March-May 2015 (group exhibition). - Art Basel Miami, House of art Miami, Miami Art Week, Miami, Florida, USA, December 2014.