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Wuthering Heights (Peak Performer 3)
Gouache on paper
35.5 x 28.9 cm (13.9 x 11.3”)
FIG Ref: FIG04638
From the Peak Performer story published in Wallpaper* magazine in Novmber 1999, p. 60 - 69. Text by Karen Chung who assumes the identity of a Swiss Mistress. The action takes place at high altitude in and around The Royal Park Hotel in Kandersteg only accessed by a train or helicopter. Labanda was on location for 3 days and nights absorbing the atmosphere of this retro luxe chalet.
Labanda casts the silouette of two improbable mountaineers who have found themselves above the cloud line with the Swiss Cross and what might be a shawl fluttering in the sun light. Labanda paints the Alpine air, fresh, crisp, clean and pure spoilt by only a single cigarette.
Labanda's models are followed through the toril gates that lead to the Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine by ladies dressed in the conservative and traditional kimono. The rearguard acts in contrast to the avant-garde who celebrate the decorate floral prints from the progressive and directional fashion brands of Celine, Givenchy and Stella McCartney.
Published in the March 2011 issue of Japanese Vogue, on the My Bag Affair page.
Published in Vogue Nippon February 2011. One of the earliest commissions given to Labanda to illustrate the My Bag Affair page. The models find themselves at Tokyo's Narita airport. One examines her ticket whilst the other scans the departure board. The spring palette of the Prada, Raf Simons and Jill Sander ensemble is expertly coloured with Labanda's brush and every single stitch is accounted for.
For Wallpaper*, December 1999. Labanda paints America's celebrity A list of the 80s and 90s. Pamela Anderson, Liz Taylor and Michael Jackson, Ivanka Trump, Silvester Stallone, Joan Collins and Linda Evans are pictured amongst others against the ski resort of Aspen, Colorado; the backdrop of choice for the winter social season.
One of two illustrations commissioned for the Sunday supplement of the Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia in 2002. Labanda's imagery of assetive and sexualized women reflect, in part, the work of Helmut Newton whom he identifies as an influence. Brands featured include Dior, Gucci by Tom Ford, Saint Laurent by Tom Ford, Dior, Loewe, Hermés and Chopard.
Commissioned to be placed as an advertorial in Italian newspaper La Reppublica, a statuesque image of a woman who confidently returns the male gaze of a Clark Kent type character, reflects something of la dolce vita and Labanda’s brilliance at characterisation, composition, colouring and cropping.
One of Labanda's most recent art works and a rarity in his back catalgoue. Created without any editorial or advertising direction Labanda, for his own edification, has created a mid-century architectural mansion in Los Angeles. He sets within his cinematic vista, characters whose connections are unknown to the viewer but are familiar nonetheless. Maybe an art collector has thrown a party and the coolest of rock stars, actors, and financiers are showing up.
Within this piece, all of Labanda's interests are woven together in a complex narrative involving architecture, fashion, la dolce vita and the beautiful people.
Made for a Wallpaper* editorial, "The Congo Bunglaow" (1999) that illustrated the history of modern architecture in the Republic of Congo. Labanda's attention to every decorative detail and piece of mid 20th Century funiture is thorough, meticulous and unequalled.
One of three illustrations commissioned to appear in Marie Claire Spain (May 2004) that celebrated Louis Vuitton's 150 year anniversary. Labanda's model is seen seated in profile with the Takashi Murakami inspired multi-coloured monogram, Theda PM handbag hanging from her wrist whilst gently supporitng her left arm on the more understated roll on luggage in Damier Ebene canvas. She is a study of perfect grooming and self assured nonchalance. Lost in thought and with cigarette between fingers she fails to notice that she has caught the eye of, none other than Mr. Marc Jacobs, LV's Creative Director. He glides up the airport elevator headed in another direction, to another destination. She is his creation and he is well pleased
Art work for the opening spread of the Sunday supplement of La Vanguardia, with whom Jordi Labanda continues to collaborate on a weekly basis to this day. The illustration shows, in sequence, from left to right, the evolution of styles in home decoration from the 1960s to the 1980s. This work reflects Labanda's passion for architecture and objet d'art.
This gouache on paper is part of an editorial titled, ‘Intelligences, the tomorrow people’ published by Wallpaper* magazine in 1999. The article that accompanied the illustrations was a socio-economic study of the types of emerging leaders on the world scene. Labanda's male characters were a determining factor in creating a magazine that appealed to a global audience of both male and female consumers of high end luxury fashion, design and lifestyle.