Colour Me Good Record Sleeves

Source: I Love Mel | All Things Michael


In the age of digital downloads, we are really missing something, and that thing is album artwork, which normally now appears as a tiny weeny icon next to your song in your media player of choice, or not at all when you’re jogging along with your ipod in your pocket! Who has time to stop and look at the art your favourite musicians have put together for the discerning music listener?

Fear not though; for the lovers of the old ways, and lovers of colouring books, for people who love the big old album sleeves around a vinyl record or just the glossy booklets in the front of a new CD, there’s tonnes of the stuff (as drawn by Mel Elliott) in this fun and cool colouring book. Colour in and celebrate this often over-looked art form by creating your own limited edition versions of your favourite albums!

Featuring record sleeves by:

Nirvana, Jake Bugg, Patti Smith, Blondie, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, The Strokes, The Doors, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Eminem, Grace Jones, Madonna, Lana Del Rey and Simon & Garfunkel.

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A perfect gift for a music aficionado, or anyone who likes colouring in!

This colouring book contains 15 black line drawings by Mel Elliott for you to colour in.

It’s printed on 150g Ecoplex paper, which is made from recycled paper so absolutely no trees were harmed during the making of this book.

Author: Mel Elliott

Publisher: I Love Mel


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Source: Daily Beast | All Things Michael


In the pop culture world, well-renowned albums have cover art that sometimes become just as timeless as the songs on the record. This contest specifically asked designers to put a new and creative spin to the cover of one of their favorite best- selling albums. DesignCrowd received 87 submissions from around the world, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and Nirvana’s Nevermind.

The winning submission was U2’s Pop.

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Jeff Koon’s “Michael And Bubbles” Featured At Gorgeous Exhibit

Source: SF Weekly – By Emily Wilson


For the first time, two major San Francisco museums — the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA — will have a show combining star pieces from their collections. Gorgeous, which opens on June 20, with 72 works of art spanning more than 2,000 years and organized into loose groupings (including “Seduction,” “Fantasy,” and “Danger,”) goes beyond beauty, according to Harding. For thousands of years, there have been academic discourses on beauty. But this show isn’t about that.

“We’re more interested in the outliers,” says Allison Harding, the assistant curator of contemporary art at the Asian Art Museum. “Exaggeration or kitsch have a way of provoking people to think about what their personal boundaries are, and what their assumptions and preconceptions are. That visceral reaction is part of the work.”

To encourage that visceral reaction, the show’s organizers have taken a different approach to the text and panels that go with the exhibit, making it more conversational and less scholarly.

“A lot of times when we go to museum, we glance at the work and really look first at what the curator has to say,” says Harding. “It’s really different for the Asian putting the emphasis less on context and putting it more in the visitor’s camp.”

Gorgeous centers on the viewer, agrees Caitlin Haskell, assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA; she also wrote an essay for the show’s catalog entitled “Just Looking.”

“With modern art in conversation with ancient objects, you don’t have to be quite so concerned with cultural context,” adds Haskell. “It’s about letting the work work on you and just engaging with the object.”

Some of those objects include the torso of a female deity from India, Jeff Koons’ Michael Jackson and Bubbles, an elaborate Burmese Buddhist bowl, and a painting by Mark Rothko.

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Source: Lost State – By Low Lai Chow / Via Thrillist


Michael Jackson

If you don’t know by now, we love anything that involves a bit of playing with food. Which is why we adore New York-based illustrator and photographer Sarah Rosado’s cornflake portraits of both dead and alive music personalities. Slash, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Lauryn Hill and Army Winehouse are among those honored by Rosado in the form of cereal — and they don’t look half bad.




Amy Winehouse


John Lennon




Bob Marley

Check out the rest of Sarah’s cereal and non-Corn Flake creations over at her portfolio.


Jeff Koons Tells Us The Stories Behind Some Of His Most Famous Works

Source: – By Laurence Lowe

On the eve of his retrospective at New York’s Whitney Museum, the artist walks us through what he was thinking when he made some of his most iconic pieces of art.

SINCE THE LATE 1970s, Koons has all but erased the line between art and spectacle. Now, at 59, as he readies the biggest show of his career—”Jeff Koons: A Retrospective,” opening June 27 at New York City’s Whitney Museum—the art world’s captain of industry reflects on four of his most iconic pieces.

Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988)

“It’s in the form of a Renaissance sculpture, like the Pietà, and has the same pyramid-type structure. [In the 'Banality' series,] I wanted a Christ-like figure, because I felt I was asking people to trust themselves—to not fight the things they like. When you watch a performer today, you feel like they’re connected to a higher being.”

New Hoover Celebrity III’s (1980)


“In [the series] ‘The New,’ I wanted to have a more direct dialogue with [Marcel] Duchamp’s ready-mades. I have fond memories of when this piece was installed in the window of [New York's] New Museum. The guards complained that people were coming in to buy vacuum cleaners.”

Puppy (1992)

“I created it for a site-specific exhibition in Bad Arolsen, Germany. There was a huge schloss in the center of town. I envisioned Louis XIV visiting it and thought, ‘If Louis lived there, what would he want to see?’ Maybe he’d wake up in the morning and want to see a sculpture, about 40 feet tall, all made of live flowers, in the shape of a dog. It was that intuitive.”


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Michael Jackson Is Looking At You On Labrea Avenue

Source: Examiner – By Lori Bjork

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As this article is being written it is almost five years since that day in June, 2009 when many mourned the passing of Michael Jackson. Of course, his legacy lives on with the many beloved songs he left behind.

May, 2014 a posthumous collection of recordings titled Xscape debuted with opening week sales of 157,000.

If you are one of those fans who can’t seem to get enough Michael, then you may choose to take a drive (or bike or walk or crawl or fly…no judgment) to LaBrea Ave just north of San Vincente Blvd in Los Angeles, CA. On the west side of LaBrea next to the Sparadise (1251 S LaBrea Avenue) the newest mural to grace this real estate is of Michael Jackson.

The mural of Michael is the creation of Thierry Guetta also known asMr. Brainwash (often stylized as MBW), who gained notoriety outside the art world from the film, Exit through the Gift Shop.

The video included with this article is of Mr. Brainwash sharing his Michael Jackson experience, both while Michael was alive and now that the Jackson estate commissioned art from MBW to contribute to the Xscape recording.

At first glance looking head on at the mural, Michael’s gaze and finger pointed directly at you, really pulls you in. Then an interesting phenomenon occurs. Look at the mural from the left. Then look at the mural from the right. See what you notice. Photos of the three different directions are included in the slide show just in case you can’t make it over to LaBrea Avenue.

Your examiner didn’t notice the phenomenon until she was home looking at the photos. If you feel you aren’t “seeing” it and you’d like to know the answer, email Lori at She’ll send you the answer. If you figured it out, please feel free to share it with your friends to test their observation skills.


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Celebrating Michael Jackson Art Contest

Source: The


We want fans to show us what the King Of Pop meant to them.

June 25 marks the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing. To celebrate his contribution to the music world, Star2 is planning something special as a tribute to the King Of Pop and we would like his fans (yes, that’s you!) to take part. Send in your best illustration, sketch or artwork of Jackson and we will select the best ones for publication in the all-new Sunday Star on June 22. You can send the original artwork (in A3 format) or e-mail us the soft copy (between 1MB and 5MB) by June 13.

Snail mail: Star2 Celebrates Michael Jackson

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Art That Pops: Bill Rose Takes Iconic Images And Makes His Own Statement

Source: The Telegraph – By Josh Pennell


It’s fair to say that rock and roll struck a chord with Bill Rose at a very early age.

“I was 11 when the Beatles came to North America and appeared on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’ I watched it that night and it changed my life. I got a guitar. Music has been a big part of my life,” he says.

And it’s not just the music that influences him, but the images that come from the iconic artists like the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Rose is a visual artist who uses iconic images of such pop culture icons to make his own art. A new piece of his is of Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, who was found dead in his pool in 1969. The image of Jones is actually made up of about 20,000 tiny rubber stamps that have an image of John Lennon on them. Rose picked the Lennon shot and worked with it in Photoshop and had the rubber stamps made up. The Jones piece took him about five weeks whereby he broke the picture down into a grid and worked one block at a time with the stamps and an ink pad and roller.

“It’s a long process, but fairly controlled doing it that way,” says Rose.

He’s been painting for 35 years and started with landscapes and flowers like many people. But it was pop culture that jumped out at him.

“They say in writing, write about what ya know. And I guess in painting, paint about what ya know,” he says.

He has an exhibit now called “Rock and Roll … Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Overdoing!” that’s filled with pieces like one he created of Brian Jones.

Rose with Brian Jones portrait

Rose with Brian Jones portrait

He’s been working toward the show for about 2 1/2 years, but also has some pieces in it from before that time.

“The thing with doing pop culture stuff is most people don’t have access to these people. Most of them are dead,” Rose says.

So that involves taking something that already exists and making something else out of it. He has one of Michael Jackson that’s done in the same manner as the Brian Jones piece, but it’s filled with rubber stamps that have a picture of Mickey Mouse ears on them. He titled it “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”


Rose also does things with classic album covers.

“I took my Abbey Road album, which I bought in 1969 when it came out, and I put Justin Bieber on there. It seemed to piss a lot of people off. I don’t know how the Bieber people feel about it,” Rose says.

His work isn’t just fan art in which he recreates images of people he admires.

“I’m more interested in making some sociopolitical comment,” he says.

One such statement that strikes close to home is an image of Paul McCartney that Rose made out of dollar sign rubber stamps on a section of a sealskin coat. It was made after McCartney debated then premier Danny Williams over the morality of the seal hunt. Rose calls the piece, “The Walrus was Paul.”

That piece won’t be in this show, but there are plenty of others. The pieces are for sale and people can get a look at them Friday at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre from 5-8 p.m.


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