David Attenborough by Derren Brown
courtesy Derren Brown

Illusionist Derren Brown is known for his mind-bending trickery, engineering a series of audacious social experiments on his Channel 4 show leading ordinary people to commit terrifying, irrational acts such as robbing security van. But Brown is also making waves with his quirky caricatures, ranging from Donald Trump to Benedict Cumberbatch. His latest work is a real tour de force, bringing out the fine features of the revered broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough. Brown says: “Given the nature of caricature, I never imagine the subjects will like them. So I don’t make a point of showing people their portraits.” Derren’s devotees went wild on Twitter, posting comments such as: “Derren, the way you express yourself, not just on canvas, blows the world away” (we’d love to know what Sir David thinks of his off-beat representation btw). To see Derren’s other unique portraits, log on to his website and savour his full gallery of pictures which sell for between £8,000 and £15,000. His next subject is none other than the late, great David Bowie (we-can’t-wait).



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