White and Black Dress - Michael Johnson, Original artwork, 1965
c. 1965, acrylic on board
Like ‘White Leotard with Red Spot’, Johnson painted this to pitch to art directors at fashion magazines. They were some of the first images Johnson created with acrylic paint, which first became available in the 1960s. Before this, illustrators would use casein paint which dried very slowly. With acrylic, illustrators have to work quickly whilst it’s wet because it is waterproof when dry.
The original board size is approximately 46 cm tall by 45 cm wide.The artwork is float mounted on to conservation grade mountboard and presented in a white wooden box frame glazed with anti-reflective glass.