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Re/Western: Leeds College of Art show puts female twist on classic cowboys

Virginia Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly by Felice House Image copyright Felice House
Image caption ‘Virginia Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,’ 2013. Oil on canvas.

An exhibition of paintings which reimagines famous film cowboys such as Clint Eastwood and John Wayne as women has opened.

The show at Leeds College of Art features a selection of work by artist Felice House.

'Re/Western' includes seven large scale portraits taken from iconic Westerns.

A spokesperson for the college said the exhibition raises questions around "gender stereotypes and the access of women to power".

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Image caption Clint Eastwood played Blondie in the 1966 Sergio Leone-directed spaghetti western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Felice House is an American artist who lives and works in Texas.

Image copyright Felice House
Image caption Virginia Banderas in Desperado

The exhibition runs until 24 March at the college's Blenheim Walk Gallery.

Image copyright Felice House
Image caption Karan and Nanc in Open Range
Image copyright Felice House
Image caption Julia Dean in Giant, 2013. Oil on canvas.
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Image caption James Dean starred in the 1956 film Giant alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson
Image copyright Felice House
Image caption Rebekah Wayne in True Grit
Image copyright Felice House
Image caption Liakesha Cooper in High Noon, 2013. Oil on canvas.
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Image caption Gary Cooper played Marshal Will Kane in the 1952 movie High Noon alongside Grace Kelly

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