Watch A Mumbai Artist’s Beautiful Tribute To Michael Jackson

Source: Billboard – By  | All Things Michael


In honor of the 6th anniversary of Michael Jacksons death, a Mumbai artist named Rob decided to use his city as part of the canvas for a unique tribute to the legendary artist.

Working on his painting on the back of a truck, he rides through the city (with Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” as the soundtrack) recreating the iconicXscape cover over the course of a day — at the end, it’s illuminated by the sunset and the city’s lights.

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Little-Seen Michael Jackson Mural Will Resurface At Valley Museum

Sources: LaTimes – By Deborah Vankin | All Things Michael

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The Museum of the San Fernando Valley will debut an exhibit on Friday displaying elements of a little-seen 10-story-tall Michael Jackson mural painted by Kent Twitchell.

Twitchell painted his ode to the pop star in the early ‘90s. The mural was planned for the side of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, but it never was installed. In 1993, around the time Jackson was accused of child molestation, the installation was put on hold.

The 100-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide portrait was shown at a downtown L.A. gallery exhibition, “Thriller: The King of Pop Meets the King of Cool, Exploring the Lost Works of Kent Twitchell,” in 2009. But the portrait has largely remained in storage.

Scott Sterling, president of the museum, is in discussions with Twitchell and the Courtyard by Marriott in Sherman Oaks about having the mural installed on the east side of the hotel facing the 405 freeway. Sterling estimates the project will cost upward of $200,000.

Funds from the exhibition, for which the museum is asking a $10 donation, will go toward mural installation, which Sterling says “will advance art and culture in the Valley.”

The exhibition, “Kent Twitchell’s Incredible Mural of Michael Jackson,” includes pieces of the artwork as well as face studies that Twitchell painted of Jackson. A digital rendering shows what the final mural might look like on the side of the hotel.

“This could be the beginning of many murals on many buildings in the San Fernando Valley,” Sterling says. “And bringing people here internationally who are fans of Michael Jackson. I’d like to see the economy boost through art, culture and appreciation for where we live. The Valley has an important entertainment history — and this mural would just boost it.”

The exhibitions opens Friday, from 6 to 10 p.m., and runs through Sept. 1 at Museum of the San Fernando Valley, 18860 Nordhoff St. No. 204, Northridge.


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Coffee Artist Creates Impressive Portraits In Latte Foam

Sources: ABC News | All Things Michael

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Artist Michael Breach went from being a barista serving coffee to the Michelangelo of milk. Breach manipulates latte foam to create stunning portraits, from movie references to TV show characters to celebrities, and landscapes, and posts photos of his creations on his Instagram account, @baristart. Shown here is his “‘Chewy, we’re Foam!’ Han Solo Espresso and Brewbacca,” a nod to the upcoming movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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“Just Tweet It,” Breach wrote with his latte foam portrait of Michael Jackson, a play on Michael Jackson’s song, “Beat It,” on his Instagram account.

Breach’s account is also full of nostalgic references, such as this latte art showing Macaulay Culkin from the 1990 film, “Home Alone.”

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An Interview With Artist C’ecile Duteil (Excerpt)

Sources: The Examiner – By Rev. Catherine Gross | Edited By All Things Michael


Last week we began a series featuring the artists who will give life to the MJJ Art Museum. We are all very grateful that they have donated beautiful pieces. It is their works that can actually bring hope and healing to so very many. It is important for us to acknowledge them today, while they can see how their work has touched us, and they can hear our applause. It has been the practice of museums to display the works of artists who have made their transition.

Whereas the art lives on long after the artist, there is something lonely about owning a piece of art because the artist is no longer here to share. Our purpose is to create unity through a living art experience. Cécile Duteil will be speaking to us today.

As a result, you are really a fantastic artist… What motivated you to become a Michael artist?

It’s a long story. I’ll start with my first job experience in Disneyland Paris, in 1997. That’s when I first “crossed paths” with Michael Jackson. As all his fans know, Michael loved to go to Disneyland when he was spending some time in France. He was staying at Disneyland Hotel, the beautiful hotel at the entrance of the park. I remember having worked right under his windows when he was there! At that time I was not a fan yet, although there were many songs of him I appreciated. And several of his song videos were among my favorites.

I did not meet him personally but one day before we left work, our team leader told us that some tickets for Michael’s concert were available. They had been graciously given on behalf of Michael to the attention of the Cast Members (that’s how Disneyland employees are called). Such an offer could not be refused! I even had the chance to get 2 tickets, one for myself and one for my brother who was a student then – and we shared the same apartment.

So we attended the HIStory concert in Paris, Parc des Princes, on June 29th, 1997. There is no need to describe how a King of Pop concert is like ! It is a precious, unique experience. My favorite memory of it is Earth Song. Now when I listen to this song and close my eyes, those images of him hanging at the “cherry picker” come back to my mind. He was like flying over our heads in acrobatic postures, putting all his soul and passion into this song.

Believe me I was crying like a child when I found the concert ticket again, after Michael’s passing. I had moved to several places since then, and I was afraid I could have lost it. It was kept in my 1997 agenda book ! Then how did I become a fan?


Yes.. how did you become a fan?

The life of famous people is something I’m not interested in, most of the time. So I like to listen to music, to watch some song videos but don’t know much about the artists’ life.

On July 7th, 2009, the Michael Jackson Memorial was aired on TV. Like many people on the planet, I did not miss this final goodbye to the most famous superstar. And after the Memorial, the Bucharest concert was broadcast on the same TV channel. Although it was late and I felt sleepy, I could not get my eyes off the screen. There was a powerful feeling in my guts. He ignited something in me.

I thought it would not last, but day after day I wanted to learn more about him. Why did this not happen when I saw him live on stage ? I don’t know, this was probably not meant to be the right time then. Maybe it’s because I was a bit too far from the scene and there were taller people in front of me.

Now I have learned from many other fans that something special happened for them too, after Michael passed. The sky only knows how or why it happens, but we agree that there is a spiritual connection with Michael.

So in 2009 I started discovering nearly all about Michael’s life and what I learned made me love and admire him more each day. He was -and still is- such a loving and inspiring soul!

Naturally came my eagerness to draw or paint portraits of him. He’s so graceful, be it his movements, his smile, his deep gaze or his interactions with others! He has become my masculine muse. And other fans are encouraging me a lot when they write how they appreciate my artwork. This means a lot to me. I want to share more of it with them since they enjoy it. Seeing other great fan-art pieces is also a significant emulation to me.

Last year I illustrated Smile Effect, Brenda Jenkyns’ beautiful story inspired by Michael’s smile, and it was a wonderful experience. I thank her very much for this. Here and then I’ve had a few drawings also published in fans collective books. I’m thankful to all the kind people who have given me these opportunities.

Several fans who support or manage charity projects have proposed me lovely ideas and ways to contribute with art. This is part of my motivation too, because it is such an honor to perpetuate Michael’s legacy by helping heal the world!

Michael said he was committed to his art, that it was a gift , I can see that you feel the same way too

Michael teaches me a lot. He was a deeply spiritual and loving person. Very learned too. There are lots of meaning and important messages in his art. Somehow, he must have shared this beautiful energy with me and many other fans from above because I cannot explain otherwise how I suddenly turned to be a fan. It’s not a secret anymore -at least for fans- that many of us feel his energy, his spirit. He recruited his “little soldiers of L.O.V.E.” I guess !

Art has been a part of me (another part of me !) from the youngest age. So my commitment to my art is not something I have to question or to waken. It is like a vital need, it is necessary to my balance.


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Line Artist Paints MJ And More Upside Down

Sources: The Rakyat Post | All Things Michael


Rapid line art painting, a talent more associated with Western artists, has found an ardent follower in Perakian lad Joel Raj Victor, 23.

Joel Raj’s upside down paintings are indeed something to behold as they are composed using only using black poster colours and a paint brush.

His talents came to prominence today when a video of his painting for Mother’s Day on Facebook came to the notice of his friends, who rapidly began sharing the video of him drawing famous personalities like Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee and Jesus Christ.

His picture of a mother and child drew praises.

“Painting is an interest that I developed at the age of 5,” Joel Raj told The Rakyat Post.

A software engineering graduate from University Tenaga Nasional (Uniten), his journey to find  an identity for himself as a professional began with his decision to set up his own business, Jobest Cinematography.

“I have never had formal instruction on painting.

“Everything I know I would credit to YouTube videos and tons of practice.

“The world would be a happier place if people did what they are passionate about.”

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Houston Beauty Queen And Speed Artist Uses Michael Jackson’s Music To Inspire Others

Sources: – By Don Maines | All Things Michael


Chyna Wheatley dashes out a painting in just 90 seconds as a crowd watches with bated breath.

Rhythms from a “Fast and Furious” movie intensify each sweeping motion of brush strokes. Time ticks away as the music shifts to a Michael Jackson song, then Wheatley steps back to reveal her creation.

What seemed like random flourishes now appears as a portrait of the King of Pop.

Drawing was a leisurely pastime for Wheatley, 23, from the time she could hold a crayon, but she picked up the pace when she took up speed painting.

The West Oaks resident recently graduated with a degree in interior design from The Art Institute of Houston at 4140 Southwest Freeway.

But that’s not where she “stumbled upon” speed painting.

She decided to enter the Miss Texas pageant, which picks the Lone Star State’s representative to the annual Miss America scholarship pageant.

“One of the main things that separates Miss America from other pageants is the talent competition, and I saw another contestant create a charcoal drawing for her talent,” Wheatley said.

That gave her an idea to paint art in a 90-second exhibition.

Wheatley was crowned Miss Houston 2015 at a pageant Nov. 2 at the University of Houston’s University Center.

Wheatley often speed paints in her appearances as a Miss Houston titleholder, such as her performance for an audience of youngsters at Miller Outdoor Theatre that launched Domestic Violence Awareness Month last fall. For that presentation, she chose the Michael Jackson song “Beat It” for musical accompaniment.

“I was inspired in that Michael was all about peace and more specifically, peace through his music,” Wheatley said.

“In the actual video (of ‘Beat It’), he stopped a gang fight and everyone danced with him. This is what I want to encourage our youth to do.

“Bullying and gang violence plague our school systems and our community,” Wheatley said.

“Using an illustration of an iconic figure such as Michael Jackson allows me to reach the hearts of students and engage them in rethinking their actions before they commit acts of violence.”

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King (A Portrait of Michael Jackson) 2005 At Wellington’s City Gallery Is A Thriller

Sources: – By Tom Cardy| All Things Michael


This year marks 33 years since Michael Jackson’s album Thriller was released and went on to be one of the biggest-selling albums in history.

Such is the popularity of the album and Jackson, it has even permeated the art world. At Wellington’s City Gallery you can view the multi-screen King (A Portrait of Michael Jackson) by South African artist Candice Breitz.

In the work 16 Jackson fans perform the album in its entirety, from Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ to The Lady in My Life and everything in between, including Beat It, Billie Jean and the title track. At no point are there any images of Jackson himself.

Breitz, who over the past decade has become one of South Africa’s top artists, says her interest in Thriller started when the album was released. She was 10 years old at the time. “I was fascinated by the frenzy around the Thrilleralbum . . . Even back then, the album was of particular interest to me because of the response that it produced, the millions of listeners that it reached, the cult audience that it generated, the way in which it made it possible to observe and track the dynamics of a star and his fans in very stark terms.”

King, created in 2005, is actually part of a series of works of big name music stars made around that time. The first was Legend (A Portrait of Bob Marley), which Breitz shot in Jamaica. “It was the one that percolated in my mind for the longest period of time. Being the first work in what I knew I wanted to turn into a series, Legend prompted me to reflect very specifically on what I was aiming for both formally and in terms of the broader set of questions that I hoped the series would evoke.”

But how did Breitz find her 16 Jackson fans? “I advertised in newspapers, online forums and fanzines,” she says.

“Once fans responded, the first step was to explain to them exactly what I was doing, in other words that I was seeking performers to participate in a work of art, rather than being somebody who could advance a musical career or career in showbiz.

“Some respondents dropped out at that stage. Those who did not were sent a long questionnaire made up of questions about why they were interested in Michael Jackson and his music. The final participants were those who, upon reading their answers to these questions, seemed most invested in Michael Jackson as an icon and as a musician. They were selected on this basis, rather than on the basis of their appearance or musical ability.”


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Andy Warhol Collection On Display At Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts

Sources: The Concordian – By Kelsey Litwin | All Things Michael


A private collection of Andy Warhol prints on display at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts has succeeded in attracting a new demographic.

The exhibit strays from what has been presented at the museum in the last year. In the 2014 season, museum-goers were treated to retrospectives and views of distant lands. From Van Gogh to Kandinsky looked at impressionism, expressionism and everything in between, while Peter Doig’s collection of paintings transported viewers to his adopted home of Trinidad.

Warhol Mania is a shift that has brought a new generation to the typically classic museum. The collection of graphic design work was curated by art collector Paul Maréchal.

If ever anyone could be called a Warhol aficionado, it would be Maréchal, without a doubt. He has penned three books about Warhol’s work and donated 51 pieces to the Museum of Fine Arts for this exhibit. His passion for the graphic designer’s work might be surpassed only by his passion for sharing it.

Maréchal, who confessed that he could speak endlessly about Warhol, is not new to dealing with museums. Pleased with the reception that the exhibit has had to date, he remarked how great it has been to work with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. “Having only one lender makes it easier to coordinate,” he said.

As a result, two halls on the third floor of the museum are decorated with some of Warhol’s most recognizable pieces, from a hot pink Perrier bottle, to an illustration of Michael Jackson’s TIME cover, to a bright red poster for the 20th Montreux Jazz Festival.


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