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Arrested Images: Celebrity Mugshot Paintings by Les Thomas

Published Apr 18, 2023

Arrested Images” is an ongoing series of paintings by Canadian artist Les Thomas, inspired by mugshots of celebrities and other noteworthy individuals.

The project started in 2006 and currently consists of roughly 150 portraits inspired by police bookings. These captivating pieces provide an intriguing commentary on society’s fascination with crime and punishment.

“Of course not all of the attention these individuals have garnered is the result of their own momentum, as forces beyond their control, such as being arrested, can play a part in the expansion of their infamy.”

The series features an impressive cast of characters, including Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates, Mick Jagger, and Marilyn Monroe, among others. Most portraits display some level of personal embarrassment, but some subjects do exhibit the confidence that the public record of their arrest will give them some street credibility or add to their fame.

For more images and information on the project, visit Les’ website.

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