Photographer Christopher Makos Shares Photos of Michael Jackson And More In New Book

Sources: Mail Online | All Things Michael


American photographer Christopher Makos has released a new book featuring stunning celebrity photographs taken over the past three decades.

Among those featured are Brooke Shields,Michael Jackson and Calvin Klein at a 1983 party at the American Museum of Natural History in 1983, Queen Elizabeth out at Ascot back in 1991, and photos of actors Rob Lowe and Matt Dillon taking in 1983 and 1980 respectively.


Matt Dillon in 1980


Rob Lowe in 1983

The book, Everything: The Black and White Monograph by Christopher Makos, which is published by Glitterati Incorporated,is available to purchase now.

Queen Elizabeth at Ascot in 1991

Other photos include OJ Simpson, John Lennon hanging with Liza Minelli, and a gaunt looking Mick Jagger taken out in Montauk, New York, back in 1977.


Mick Jagger in Montauk, New York in 1977  

Makos, who was born in Massachusetts in 1948 has worked with many of the greats in his lifetime, apprenticing with Man Ray in Paris and collaborating with Andy Warhol.

He is also the man who introduced Warhol to the work of two of the biggest artists of the eighties, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

His photos have appeared in magazines including Interview, Rolling Stone and New York, and he is displayed in over 100 galleries.

Ivana Trump at her apartment in the Trump Tower in 1990

Ivana Trump at her apartment in the Trump Tower in 1990

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Introducing Swiss Painter Gabinka

Sources: Don Bleek | Edited By – All Things Michael


Swiss painter Gabinka is currently working on a new series of paintings dedicated to legendary musicians who have passed. She’s completed paintings of Elvis PresleyMichael Jackson and is currently working on Bob Marley.

To see and purchase Gabinka‘s paintings, visit


According to a press release: “What does Swiss, Gabriela Geenen aka Gabinka, have in common with the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson? Passion? Yes. Amazing talent? Yes. The connection lies in the hands of manager, Dieter Wiesner. Mr Wiesner represented Michael Jackson for over a decade and now manages, Gabinka, as she makes her introduction into the art world in the United States. With her Pop Art style of work, Gabinka expresses experiences, feelings, and emotion but also flirts with hints of sex, power, and pain.  Painting, drawing, and sketch, are all instinctual traits for Gabinka and the messages and expressions in her art are limitless. Many of Gabinka’s masterpieces feature monsters and “the horned one.” As a child, Gabinka often had dreams of monsters, prompted by her difficult childhood in the communistic rule in, Czech Republic. The turning point in Gabinka’s life was when she turned 18 years old, at the end of the revolution, which brought relief and the opportunity to discover the free, western world. Gabinka was born on October 26, 1973 in Jablonec nad Nisou in the Czech Republic.”


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Michael Featured In “Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography”

Sources: Agora Gallery | Edited By – All Things Michael | MJWN


Illumination: an Exhibition of Fine Art Photography presents images which leave the audience in awe of the inherent talent and vision of the artists represented. Each work on display has a story to be told in the single scene before us, evoking strong emotional and aesthetic reactions individual to every piece and every viewer. The result is both impressive and unforgettable.

The surreal portrait photography of French artist Love U Sev is both compelling and otherworldly. Love U Sev approaches her photographs in an entirely new way, superimposing her own self-portraits with portraits of American singer Michael Jackson, without retouching either image. The resulting picture is a figurative study in contrast and juxtaposition, as elements of each face emerge and recede to create a surrealistic and highly emotive effect that is almost abstract in its execution. The driving force behind Love U Sev’s art is a deep and abiding love. Indeed, these photographs were inspired by two intense dramas that occurred in the artist’s life: the death of Michael Jackson in 2009 and that of her husband in 2010. The emotional depth of the resulting images is nothing if not intense. And the truncation of the artist’s own face is both symbolic and deliberate, for as she explains “I am not whole any more… these photos are my heart slept on glazed paper.”

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From Love U Sev:

“I have always been in a position to soak up the magic of photography – my father was an amateur photographer and my mother was into everything related to art. Yet I did not realize that this was a way for me to express myself artistically until five years ago, as a result of two events which impacted me dramatically; the deaths of first Michael Jackson and then my own husband. Through my work, I have found a way to speak about love.

In the series on display, I work with portraits and layers, often using a self-portrait as a whole or a part of the work – generally showing only half of my face, symbolizing the fact that I no longer feel whole. Yet I also concentrate on the architectural elements and the industrial heritage of my country, bringing all of these interests and aspects together to create rich, layered images.”

Love U Sev currently lives and works in Paris, France.


The exhibit will run November 4 – November 25, 2014 with an opening reception on Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6-8 pm.

The Agora Gallery is located at 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001. Call 212-226-4151 for more information or visit: Agora Gallery

Former Nurse Recreates Famous Artworks Using Unwanted Junk

Sources: Daily Mail | All Things Michael


British artist Jane Perkins, a self-described ‘re-maker,’ uses discarded plastic objects to re-create iconic portraits, including those of the Mona Lisa, Michael Jackson, Albert Einstein and the Royal Family.

‘I use anything of the right size, shape or color,’ the full-time mother, artist and former nurse, based in Exeter, Devon, writes on her website. ‘Toys, shells, buttons, beads, jewelry, curtain hooks and springs, etc.’

Ms Perkins browses charity shops and yard sales tirelessly to find objects which will fit into her work, much like pieces to a jigsaw puzzle, and none of the items are painted to alter their color. ‘Everything is used exactly ‘as found,’ she maintains.

Ms Perkins, whose current body of work is called Plastic Classics, started making her portraits eight years ago, after 17 years of working as a nurse and then ten years as a stay-at-home mom.

She took on a degree in Textiles, started collecting objects to use in her work, and since then has enjoyed a highly successful career in her chosen field. Her portraits have so far appeared in 45 exhibitions in locations from London and Brussels to Hong Kong and Singapore.

The original portraits sell for between £2000 – £2600 ($3270-4250), and limited edition prints are available from £95-195 ($150-320).

‘I enjoy using materials which have a history, and love art with an element of fun and the unexpected,’ she writes.

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Ms Perkins sources her materials primarily from charity shops, yard sales and recycling centers, and often gets donations from friends and neighbors.

‘I tend to live with a piece for a while to make sure it works,’ she explains of her process, which takes an average of three weeks per portrait. ‘Usually, I run out of a particular color and have to go out searching in order to finish a piece.’

Ms Perkins uses a glue gun to affix the objects initially, so that she can ‘pull things off’ and move them around.

‘When I’m happy with the final result, I paint the whole work with a layer of diluted PVA glue,’ she writes.


Pictured, Jamaican sprinter and Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world 


Pictured, a representation of The Afghan Girl, a famous photo taken for National Geographic in 1985 by Steve McCurry and once hailed ‘The First World’s Third World Mona Lisa’


Pictured, a re-make of Vermeer’s Girl With The Pearl Earring, c.1665


I love beginning a new piece. As I find materials, I sort them into individual, color-coordinated carrier bags or boxes for each future work,’ she explains.

‘Starting a new work is a bit frenetic as I rush to find places for the larger, more interesting materials.

‘I get so engrossed when I’m working that I completely lose track of time and cups of tea frequently go cold!’

Speaking of her Mona Lisa re-creation, she explains finding a small plastic doll that was perfect for the mouth. ‘I’ve been looking for a small doll for Mona Lisa’s mouth – went to a car boot sale yesterday, and within five minutes, found exactly what I was looking for,’ she wrote.

‘This is a rare occurrence! Usually, I collect random items and find a use for them later.’


Ms Perkins limits herself to spending £20 (about $32) on each shopping trip, as she has a tendency to get ‘carried away.’

‘Re-interpreting work by previous artists is nothing new,’ she writes. ‘Centuries ago, artists learned their craft by re-working paintings by their predecessors. Picasso famously copied works by many artists.

‘And Da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa has been re-worked many times by artists including Marcel Duchamp, who gave her a beard.’


Pictured, a portrait of British TV personality Chris Evans


Pictured, a rendition of Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 Impressionist painting, Sunflowers


Pictured, a do-over of Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt’s 1908 painting, The Kiss


This recreation of Italian painter Sano di Pietro’s Angel of the Annunciation, c.1470, uses toy soldiers and a Barbie crown atop the angel’s head


Mellow Lego: Dinosaurs, monkeys, shells and a plastic key make appearances in this rendition of Van Gogh’s 1889 painting, Starry Night


Masterful: Look closely and, among many beads and buttons, you’ll find part of a Nokia phone cover, pieces of Lego, a Shrek figurine, an alligator and a plastic fish. Pictured, a textural re-working of Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s The Japanese Bridge


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Michael Jackson Mosiac In Pennies

Sources: Talia Hayward Arts | Love Survives| All Things Michael


Talia Hayward is a Zambian born artist with an instantly recognizable style. Her work needs to be seen to be believed. The mosaics contain extremely fine detail achieved through Talia’s painstaking effort, creating her portraits using thousands of Talia’s signature medium of coins as well as washers, buttons or paper.

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Growing up as an orphan in a third world country had its challenges,  she was often deprived of the basic means to create art. This did not stop her, on the contrary, it made her more resourceful and hightened her creativity. With an innate talent, passion for creative arts and hard work, she developed her skill throughout the years.

“Art is in me” she says. “Everything that is, is art and to have the ability to bring my imagination to life is a gift that nothing could take away from me not even deprivation. I found myself intrigued and drawn to the concept of mosaic, the idea where small independent objects are placed together to create a bigger picture. It is very much like real life, just like a mosaic, we all are small objects that paint a bigger picture.”


Talia creates intricate photo-realist portraits often forcing the viewer to question if her mosaics are, in fact paintings. Each work comprises many pieces, all  fastened by hand, and impressively finished.

Her mosaic work is bought by private clients and international organizations. Talia Hayward is available for private portrait commission and can create personal mosaic portraits from photography.


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See Champion Nail Artist Kirsty Meakin’s Unique Creations

Sources: Daily Mail – By Jemma Gillard| All Things Michael

The King of Pop: Kirsty Meakin has even created nail art dedicated to Michael Jackson, which takes between 30 and 100 hours to do Read more:  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

The King of Pop: Kirsty Meakin has even created nail art dedicated to Michael Jackson, which takes between 30 and 100 hours to do

Themes such as fairies, goblins and Edward Scissorhands have helped one rather talon-ted woman win more than a 100 prizes for her nail creations.

Kirsty Meakin, 35, from Stoke-on-Trent, started training as a beautician when she was just 17 and has now travelled around the world to take home trophies for her nail art.

Each creation takes between 30 and 100 hours and costs up to £400 in materials.

Talented talons: Kirsty Meakin, 35, from Stoke-on-Trent, has won more than a 100 prizes for her nail art including this corn on the cob creation Read more:  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Talented talons: Kirsty Meakin, 35, from Stoke-on-Trent, has won more than a 100 prizes for her nail art including this corn on the cob creation.

Kirsty’s first competition entry was a set of Moulin Rouge themed nails at a competition in Manchester.

Now she has won over 100 trophies for her nail art and has travelled as far afield as Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

The beautician’s work has even been displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Nail art: Themes such as Edward Scissorhands have landed Kirsty Meakin prizes all over the world Read more:  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Nail art: Themes such as Edward Scissorhands have landed Kirsty Meakin prizes all over the world

Kirsty says: ‘I only went to beauty school because my mother said if I didn’t do something with my life she’d kick me out.

‘When I started, nail art wasn’t even a thing, but after a few years it came onto the scene and I started experimenting with different mediums.

‘In 2004 I entered my first competition and won and things just spiralled from there.’

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Nailing the trend: Kirsty Meakin pictured in the middle with two nail models showcasing the latest creations

She has worked on London Fashion Week and even done nails for celebrities such as Natasha Hamilton and Eliza Doolittle.

Kirsty adds: ‘My favourite piece is the Day of the Dead nails.

‘They took so long to complete and my poor model was stood in a really uncomfortable position because her thumbs had to be together.

Fairy tale nails:

Fairy tale nails

‘People kept coming up and asking for photos so she had to wear the nails for four hours.

‘I try to make them as light as possible by hollowing out the 3D structures but they still weigh about two pounds.’

As well as the fantasy nails, Kirsty also produces boxed nail art for display.

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Striking creations: The beautician’s work has even been displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

She explains: ‘The boxed nail art still takes me over 100 hours to complete. I’d always excelled at art at school so this was just a different medium to use.

‘By the time I have bought all the pieces they can cost up to £400 to create.’

And now Kirsty has retired from competitions and turned her hand to teaching others her tricks of the trade.

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Bold ambition: Now Kirsty Meakin has retired from competitions and turned her hand to teaching others her tricks of the trade

She has also launched her own range of products, including the first gel varnish not to require a top or base coat.

Kirsty says: ‘I wanted my products to be something different.

Note: Kirsty is also an MJ fan and say he is her biggest inspiration. Click here to read more

‘All the nail products you see in shops are made in three factories, just with different labels on.

‘I wanted to be able to tweak the product to get something I was really happy to put my name on.

‘Now I want to put together a book of all my nail art, I’m just looking for a publisher.’

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Teaching new tricks: Kirsty Meakin now launched her own range of products, including the first gel varnish not to require a top or base coat

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More On Neverland Lost: A Portrait Of Michael Jackson ( Pictures)

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Neverland objects stored before the auction (© Henry Leutwyler)

Neverland objects stored before the auction (© Henry Leutwyler)

Six months before the death of the King of Pop, the photographer Henry Leutwyler indulges in a strangely prescient photo shoot. A huge auction sale to empty Neverland, the estate of Michael Jackson, to alleviate the financial ruin of the singer. The photographer each item being sold, extravagant stage outfits to the most personal possessions in a book, Neverland Lost (Steidl, 2010). On the occasion of the exhibition of his photographs at Colette, the photographer recounts his experience.

What was the starting point of the project?

I was reporting on arms trafficking coming from South America, and have been a sort of underground bunker where were kept all weapons confiscated by police before being destroyed. Coming out, I find a small newspaper clipping around a gun. I am informed that I have before me the gun that killed John Lennon. I jumped at the chance to take a picture, and it all started from there. I thought that all my heroes were inphotographiables nowadays, most died. The only way to do it was through their objects. So I started to search for objects of my heroes. In February 2009, the auction house Julian’s Auctions announces a huge sale of items that belonged to Michael Jackson, and I propose to Portfolio magazine to photograph her legendary white glove. Neverland, the estate of Michael, had been emptied – same doors were dismantled – and all items were removed, numbered, cataloged, estimated. I went with my assistants from New York to Los Angeles, and photographed the white glove and a second glove, and a third glove. We were given an hour or two, we stayed four days. We went there later, and once we had everything completed, I opened my computer back to the hotel, the news came: the auction was canceled. I still made a portfolio of ten pictures, but I was thinking no way to make a book. More than six months later, I showed the pictures to my iPhone to my friend the photographer Robert Polidori, who contacted Steidl. And three months later, the book came out.

You are a specialist in portrait. In their own way, the objects would tell a character?

Michael has been photographed a million times since I was little, but no one has ever done his portrait through its objects. If you look closely, the objects speak. I find it a still life done well reflects much better human being than a traditional portrait. Especially with the hair, makeup, Photoshop, you rarely get to have a real photo. Here there tasks sweat, rust … see has lived what. I had already done for my book about Elvis, and I continue with my next book I’m working on for eleven years. I gather photos of objects mythical figures: Gandhi’s glasses, brush Warhol, Prince’s guitar, the gun that killed Lennon … For me, this is the logical continuation of the portrait photographer: to portray someone through the object. And I think we should share all that with people who may be less fortunate than we are, who we book another vision of the artist, have another quality. With these photos of Michael objects, we see how much he loved the staging, glorification – it is built in legend. Gilding, paintings, extravagant costumes, all these flakes … He himself created the story of the King of Pop.


What was your reaction when you discovered the room and storage for items of Michael?

It was a shed! Two huge sheds, containers and more in Dowtown Los Angeles, with a ceiling height of over 30 meters. I took a picture of Neverland gates, fountains, furniture, tables … everything. I think the significance of the project is to keep a picture story of a life that was private. Today, it is not certain that there will be a museum, the objects will stay together … When we started thinking about the book, it was to keep the family of objects in a collection, say that if in 50 years someone wants to study Michael Jackson, he may have access to these pictures. In 50 years, the white glove might be gone. I met wonderful people, I have had exhibitions all over the world … The purpose of the book was to celebrate the musical genius that was Michael Jackson.

Before the initial sale, items from Neverland were exposed to the public. Fans of Michael Jackson are coming in droves. Have you had their echoes in your project?

Almost every exhibition, fan clubs came to see me. One of the most enthusiastic groups was that of Madrid, which became a downright lecture just for them of three hours of conversation. Initially, I was apprehensive about their reaction. You can never please everyone. But I’ve never had a bad comment from them, they have always supported the project, being very curious and courteous. The project was photographed in a respectful way, I made these still lifes with the same work ethic as my portraits: we are here to make people beautiful and interesting, and not the opposite. It’s not my job to say “guilty / not guilty.” It is a historical testimony, conducted academically. It is from the final result that you carry your own judgment.

Why did you choose to make pictures of Neverland Lost on a black background, while your other works are on white background?

Strangely, I instinctively said we had to take these photos on a black background. I thought of the saying of the Japanese philosopher Yuichiro Tanizaki, “Gold shines in the darkness” . We always put the diamond in the sun, when in reality it will shine even more in the shadows. I thought, given what is being photographed – and given the state of Michael at the time, who lived totally reclusive – we’ll take it with the same Japanese spirit, and chose black backgrounds . Six months later I was in my office in New York, and a friend called me to tell me that Michael Jackson died. In retrospect, the photos have a funeral side. Even if you could not predict what was going to happen, there was already a real concern of respect for the memory during this photo shoot.

Of all the pictures of his colorful stage costumes, you chose to close your book with the picture of the first edition of Peter Pan. What for?

Because I think he lived a bit like him. As children get older, they have to leave Neverland. That’s kind of what happened. There, my assistants and I had the feeling to witness a sad moment. It was not a very cheerful atmosphere. Michael has been on the front of the stage from five years old: with Neverland, he tried to recreate a childhood he never had, with all his toys, Luna Park, small cars … When we took it all in photo, we had thought that his childhood was going to escape a second time. The star went bankrupt and everything he creates is taken away. I said to my assistant: if it should happen to me, I will kill myself. And soon after, he died. The reasons, they are known. But maybe there was something else. If you think about it, a musical genius who is now 50 years without a home, no possessions, it’s still dramatic.

Exhibition “Neverland Lost: A Portrait of Michael Jackson” at the Colette shop until October 4.

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Bareface: “Dare To Dream, Dare To Believe!”

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Bareface’s graffiti style artwork was featured on MJWN earlier this year. He specializes in digital art and he has sent us two of his pieces to share with Michael’s many fans. Here they are for you to enjoy.

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You can follow his work here on his Bareface blog!

He was also interviewed exclusively by in June, and here’s what they had to say about this artist’s unusual work:

“BAREFACE is a London based, vector graphic artist who is obsessed with real world pop culture. His art ranges from the fifties to the late nineties and beyond. Pulling inspiration from film, music, superheroes, fantasy and more; Bareface creates visually appealing digital masterpieces. He has always had a fascination with different aspects of pop and hip-hop culture, namely graffiti. Intrigued by graffiti but not wanting to vandalize buildings, the artist’s curiosity led him to exploring how to translate graffiti street art to digital canvas. Thus the BAREFACE brand was born.

His vibrant use of colour and trademark drips pay homage to Pop and Spray Can art. His work has been featured on several blogs including the popular Michael Jackson Fan site the Michael Jackson World Network (MJWN.) His sticker designs have also received critical acclaim showcasing at the April 17th MLT SLAPS sticker Expo in Montreal.

The artist first caught our eye with his dynamic adaptation of one of pop culture’s most revered villains, Darth Vader.


We had an opportunity to link with Bareface and find out more about the brand. Check out our exclusive interview below:

SI: Explain the premise behind the Bareface brand? What does it all stand for?

BF: The ‘Bareface’ brand refers to my belief that my appearance bares no significance to my body of work. It refers to a blank canvas and being creative as the mood takes me.

SI: Your illustrations feature a lot of cultural icons. How important is pop culture in influencing your work?

BF: I grew up in the 80s and as a child I spent a lot of my time watching TV shows, cartoons, listening to music and reading comic books. Pop culture was my education about life and helped shaped my vision of the world. I was inspired by the media of that time and I use this to bring my superheroes to life on digital canvas.

SI: A lot of times people down play the field of Art because they rest on the notion of the “starving artist,” What motivates you to continue creating your art?

BF: In the Bhagavad Gita [which is a collection of sacred texts from India] it says “You are not entitled to the fruit of your labor, only the labor itself.” I believe this means that if you rely on things like money too much, you will only be miserable.What is more satisfying than money is doing the work; that feeling of euphoria when you are in the creative zone and the joy or sadness it brings to others. Basically, what motivates me to continue creating art is my desire to grow organically with the world around me and the happiness I get from creating. Whether you are financially prosperous or not, you have to be “starving” to be successful. You have to keep on pushing yourself and have the hunger to do and be better.

SI: Where do you hope your art takes you?

BF: My mission?…”To chase the muse and see where she will take me.” I have no plan, I am just enjoying creating these pieces and sharing them with as many people as possible, whether it’s online or at a gallery exhibition, and the fact you have found me and I am talking to you means that it’s working. I’m hoping that my pieces will bring joy to people, who find and enjoy my work.

SI: What’s your Street Intell?

BF: Dare to dream, dare to believe.”

You will also be able to follow him on Twitter.

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