Pic of the Day: Before They Were Stars

Today must be world leaders day. Pol Pot, pictured above, is one of painter Annie Kevans‘s portrait subjects, depicted not as a dictator but in his younger, cuter years. Kevans and her brand of “weirdly unsettling portraiture” play with celebrity perception, rendering genocidal dictators benevolent and starlets menacing in their come-hither expressions. Her work has recently become a hit with collectors — none other than John MacEnroe snatched up three pieces at Art Basel Miami in December. Kevans’s solo show at Chelsea gallery Perry Rubenstein opens February 16; in the meantime, check out her imagined portrayals of Brooke Shields, George Bush, and the Olsens, after the jump.

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George W. Bush, left, and the Olsen twins, right.

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Brooke Shields, left, andNicolae Ceausescu, right.

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Michael Jackson, left, and Monica Lewinsky, right.