Bessie Bardot

John Birt

Wamberal, Australia

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I first saw this Australian sex goddess by accident at an Erotic Sydney Art Exhibition in 2002. My girlfriend at the time said “Oh my God..it’s Bessie Bardot – naked on the podium!”. I remarked “Bessie who?” After a chance meeting with Bessie later that night, and a photo shoot, I decided I would paint her for the Archibald. A few weeks later, I took my many photos of her in conservative early 1900’s period costume, however, I ran out of time for an entry into 2004’s Archibald. This oil painting of her body slouched in a lounge chair with legs in the air is “just her”. The beautiful fitting blue skirt is also “just her”. The yellow background brings out the dress and body lines – and I just love this painting!

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