Is That A Bird? Is It A Plane? No, It’s Kate Moss By Yuko Nasu!

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But it could be a bird just as well! Kate Moss continues to be a muse in every way. For the ordinary people she inspires their choice of outfits, for the artists she inspires a golden statue here, a painting in blood there…

Oh well, in case you were wondering if this is a Yoga position as well, no, it’s a… (oh, I’m not so good at art!) it’s a portrait of Kate Moss, signed by Japanese artists Yuko Nasu.

Kate Moss painting by Yuko Nasu The artist’s desire is to see “what sorts of things can make a person be recognized or differentiated from others”.

How would you elegantly put it, if this looked nothing like Kate? Because this painting looks more like a bird than Kate Moss (to me)!

In case you feel the urge to go see if you recognize some people, the free admissions at Yuko Nasu’s John Doe exhibition at the Arts Gallery, 65 Davies Street, London starts today! Be kind and please let us know who you found (in the paintings)! (via


#1 deka on 01.22.09 at 11:52 am

i find this frightening

#2 Adriana on 01.22.09 at 12:53 pm


I’ve googled to see more work of this artist. Her work made me think of Francis Bacon’s work. I’ve found her MySpace page too. Bacon is one of her heroes. So that was not a surprise. Its not easy or fair to judge an artist by only one work of art. I don’t like this one but I’ve seen pieces that I like.

#3 Adriana on 01.22.09 at 1:06 pm

Her MySpace siad she’s 74 years old. Her official site says she’s born in Hiroshima. No dates though. If she’s 74 this means she survived the hell of Hiroshima……

#4 Ellington on 01.22.09 at 5:46 pm

Interesting interpretation, premise and execution. But I must say that if you did not tell me who the celebrity was I might have ventured a guess of the image being Gwyneth Paltrow.

#5 kpriss on 01.23.09 at 3:03 pm

I’m glad you found it interesting Adriana! I was bound to this article’s subject because I was amazed by how the art/fashion world treated the painting as if it really resembled Kate. (does it? I hardly can tell! I could almost go for deka’s feeling – frightening! Frightening to see that someone who’s image is clear in your head can be distorted so much in the name of art)

Ellington, not bad! ;) It looks like Gwyneth just as much as it looks like Kate (or me :)) )

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