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OOAK Dolls, Pt. 2: Repaint Artist Noel Cruz

Posted on the 23 March 2017 by Lady Eve @TheLaydeeEve

OOAK Dolls, Pt. 2: Repaint Artist Noel Cruz
Noel Cruz is one of the most highly acclaimed among OOAK doll repaint artists on the scene. A Filipino-American based in Anaheim, California, Cruz’s reputation rests upon his talent for fashioning repainted dolls that bear amazing likeness to their subjects. His specialty is character and celebrity dolls, dolls produced by manufacturers like Tonner and Franklin Mint that that Cruz strips of their original paint and repaints with infinite care – and with stunning results. His creations are much sought after, and some have sold for more than $2,000 via his EBay store.
The Elizabeth Taylor doll shown above depicts her as "Angela Vickers," the character she portrayed in A Place in the Sun (1951). Cruz's transformation of the original factory doll is dramatic. The original bears some passing resemblance to the actress, but is essentially lifeless, where Cruz's makeover is uncannily lifelike.
OOAK Dolls, Pt. 2: Repaint Artist Noel Cruz
Below, Cruz at work refashioning another rendition of Elizabeth Taylor. The finished doll will represent the actress at a later phase in her career, as Maggie Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).
OOAK Dolls, Pt. 2: Repaint Artist Noel Cruz
Noel Cruz's Gone with the Wind (1939) makeover
OOAK Dolls, Pt. 2: Repaint Artist Noel Cruz
 Both Gable as Rhett and Vivian Leigh as Scarlett were repainted
OOAK Dolls, Pt. 2: Repaint Artist Noel Cruz
OOAK Dolls, Pt. 2: Repaint Artist Noel Cruz
The dolls shown above and those shown below demonstrably illustrate Cruz's intention with each of his recreations to realize "a sense of both aesthetics and license."
Joan Crawford in two looks from Mildred Pierce (1945)
OOAK Dolls, Pt. 2: Repaint Artist Noel Cruz
 Grace Kelly in Rear Window (1954)
OOAK Dolls, Pt. 2: Repaint Artist Noel Cruz
Below, Noel Cruz in his workshop with his rendition of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).
OOAK Dolls, Pt. 2: Repaint Artist Noel Cruz
Cruz, who is also a portrait artist, has said that his interest in repainting character and celebrity dolls was piqued when his wife developed a fascination with celebrity dolls. His work has been covered in print, online and on camera. Cruz is prolific, and his active Facebook page reports on his latest projects and, when an upcoming auction date has been set, links to his EBay store.

OOAK Dolls, Pt. 2: Repaint Artist Noel Cruz

Repaint/restyling of a Princess Diana factory doll

to be continued...

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