Ileana Hunter’s Minimalist Marilyn

The latest pencil portrait of Marilyn by super-talented Ileana Hunter – after Bert Stern’s iconic 1962 photo – has just been unveiled on Etsy. The original is 11 x 16″, graphite on extra smooth Bristol board. Prints are available to order.


Marilyn: A Portrait by Ileana Hunter

This portrait of Marilyn – based on a photo taken during wardrobe tests for The Seven Year Itch in the summer of 1954 – was created by artist Ileana Hunter as a tribute on Marilyn’s birthday.

“This is 11 x 16″ on extra smooth Bristol board, I’ve titled it ‘Birthday Girl’ for lack of a better title, which is still eluding me. Sometimes you just can’t put a name on a look which is so subtle. I chose the picture because of that particular look in her eyes, she is perfectly dolled up, at work, and her eyes are in a different place altogether, they look far beyond the camera lens.”

As always, please respect the artist’s copyright – if you wish to share, give credit to Ileana Hunter, and do not colorise or alter her work in any way.

Marilyn as Pola

Ileana Hunter is a Romanian graphite artist currently living and working in Norwich, UK. Her realistic drawings are inspired by both the fluidity of the human body and the hidden lyricism of mundane objects. Distinctive by the juxtaposition of intricate detail work and minimalistic compositions, her pieces are in art collections throughout the world.”