Alison Jackson says litigious chairwoman could have chilling consequence on artistic freedom as she publishes book featuring Trump lookalike
Artist Alison Jackson has said that she chose to self-publish spoof photographs of Donald Trump as part of a protest against the potentially chilling consequence a litigious chairwoman could have on artistic freedom.
The celebrity lookalike specialist said she was advised by her lawyers against publishing the images, some of which feature a Trump lookalike in compromising situations, and that no book publisher was prepared to release a collecting of the Trump images.
Vanity Fair and the Mail Online have published some of the images. However , no publisher has shown some of the most politically sensitive paintings she has made, including one in which a Trump character is illustrated with the representatives of the Ku Klux Klan and another where he is shown holding a rifle.
It is a little frightening. Nobody wants to end up in litigation with the president. But I find it outrageous that artists should be under threat from a president in the US, Jackson said.
I wanted to publish photos that I wanted to shoot but its very difficult to get other publishers to publish a work if they feel any type of menace or if they are worried in any shape or sort. I dont even think its a question of taste Its legal.
Jackson self-published her book, Private, which was released at the end of October. Previously Penguin has published coffee table editions of her run featuring apparently intimate spoof pictures of the Royal family, Tony Blair and the Clintons as well as celebrities from the Beckhams to Kanye West.
According to newspaper analysis during the election, Trump and his businesses had been involved in at least 3,500 legal action over the past three decades. Since his election, Trump has spoken warmly of British libel laws. His wife, Melania, is currently suing the Daily Mail and a blogger for $150 m( 119 m) over allegations about her modelling career.