Argyle Fine Art Auctions Weird Al/MJ Marionette To Aid Youth Art Connection

Sources: Argyle Fine Art | All Things Michael

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We were very fortunate to have a wonderful and unexpected guest visit us on Friday afternoon. The musical and comedic genius, Grammy Award winning and overall amazing human being, known to the world as “Weird Al” Yankovic. He popped by to see some art and show his support for a new body of work by local artist Darren Moreash while visiting Halifax to play two sold out shows while on his extensive Mandatory  Fun  World Tour.

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One of the most iconic marionettes depicts “Weird Al” from his music video “Eat It” parodying  Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, is up for auction! We’re excited to offer this autographed one-of-a-kind artwork of a one-of-a-kind celebrity. Al told us that any charity would be great, so we thought the YOUTH ART CONNECTION would be the perfect choice!  It’s a small but mighty organization that works with youth and fosters confidence in the arts and business.Youth Art Connection (YAC) is a Nova Scotia based not-for-profit working with youth, professional artists and community to make positive change. Check them out at: www.youthartconnection.ca  

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Watch the latest TV spot on this exciting project by clicking HERE

This is a wonderful way for a fan of the quirky art by Darren Moreash and a fan of Weird Al Yankovic to own a one-of-a kind work of art that can also act as a reminder to play everyday give back when you can. Play your part!

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The eight marionettes by Moreash are hand carved and painted to pay homage to “Weird Al” and the characters he has played in his popular music videos and films. Al Yankovic was very generous with his time and genuinely enjoyed the works and hanging out with all of us for a little while. There was candy and music and of course, a puppet show. The works will be on display until the end of July at Argyle Fine Art and will be online for viewing and purchase by Tuesday, July 28th.  Two have already found homes with fans and one with Al Yankovic himself. We hope he enjoys playing with his marionette when he returns back home from his extensive world tour.

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Man Creates Celebrity Portraits From Leggos

Sources: The Mirror – By Kelly Williams | All Things Michael

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A father and self-confessed ‘big kid’ has come up with a novel way of turning pictures into Lego portraits.

Paul Millett has recreated iconic pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger as The Joker from the Batman film, The Dark Knight.

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He has even used the toy bricks to create an image of the famous Mona Lisa – and all just for the fun of it, reports the Daily Post.

The 46-year-old said: “I first started doing portraits about two years ago, having seen similar online and thinking why not.

Here’s how he does it:

“I get a photo on my iPad, then I use an app that converts the picture into squares. I then take a screen shot and go into images where I can blow the picture up. I try to fit the picture into a 48×48 pin Lego base plate. I then write down 48 lines and on each line I mark a colour for each of the coloured squares, so I then have 48 lines of code such as, B for black, DB for dark Brown etc etc. Finally, after separating colours, I assemble the picture according to the code, once I have made the code the picture takes around two to three hours to complete.”

He added: “I’m a big kid really. For my birthday, my mum just buys me Lego, I have thousands of pieces now.

“I find it really therapeutic, it takes me back to my childhood.”

 

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Jackson 5 Mural Part Of Michigan Neighborhood’s Revitalization Efforts

Sources: NWI.com – By  Joseph Pete | All Things Michael

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Gary’s Miller neighborhood never suffered the same degree of decline and blight as the rest of the city, quite possibly because of all that spectacular Lake Michigan beachfront.

But things looked dire just five years ago when the iconic Miller Bakery Cafe closed.

The restaurant was a regional draw, a place you dressed up for on a date night. Chicagoans even came to dine there. The fine dining restaurant, known for its steaks, seafood and cocktails, was the pride of the free-spirited beachfront neighborhood on Gary’s eastern end.

Concerned residents decided something had to be done. They scoured around for ideas for urban revitalization, and found the arts worked. So they formed the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District in 2011 to lure people in with gallery exhibits, murals and a popular farmers market every Sunday between May and September.

The closing of the Miller Bakery Cafe, which has since reopened under new management, galvanized efforts in Miller to spur more economic development, which have lured in 10 new businesses and brought vitality back to the main commercial drag on Lake Street.

“It was a big hole on Lake Street,” said Miller Beach Arts and Creative District President Karren Lee, who’s lived in the neighborhood since 1966. “It was becoming a ghost town.”

The Miller Beach Arts and Creative District was created to bring such stores back to the neighborhood, so residents don’t have to visit neighboring towns to do all their shopping, Creative District Executive Director Meg Roman Roman said.

“There’s been a significant increase in new people coming to the community and people who moved away rediscovering Miller,” Roman said.

Despite uncooperative weather, more than 1,000 people turned out to the recent Lake Effekt graffiti expo. The Jackson 5 mural artist Felix Maldonado painted next to the Miller Bakery Cafe on Lake Street during the event has since been a huge draw.

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“There’s all the restaurants and the public art from the graffiti artists,” she said. “They’re doing fashion shoots in front of the artwork, and taking pictures of the Michael Jackson mural every day. The beach is a big draw with one of the best views of Chicago. The park has bike paths. There are plenty of physical activities and cultural things in the neighborhood. There’s shopping. It’s becoming well-rounded.”

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Watch A Mumbai Artist’s Beautiful Tribute To Michael Jackson

Source: Billboard – By  | All Things Michael

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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

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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?

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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

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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.”

View the videos of his paintings:

Mother’s Day Special:

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Upside down paintings of famous people:

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