Album + Art: When Classical Meets Pop

Xscape by Michael Jackson + The Zouave by Vincent van Gogh

Philippine graphic artist Eisen Bernardo Bernard has created Mag+Art, a collection of magazine covers and classical painting mashups, is featured in more than 500 online articles in more than 30 countries.

A development communicator by profession, he works as a multimedia producer and writer at the Communication and Public Affairs unit of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. He has laid out publications and produced audiovisual materials for the local and international research organizations based in the Philippines. He is the illustrator of Asia Rice Foundation’s children’s book, The Adventure of Gabby Ghas, which is translated to other regional dialects. As a blogger, his graphic design blogs showcase his works with reference to music, movies, and pop culture.

Two of his related art projects such Album+Art and Criterion+Art has also made waves online. He experimented on his Tumblr blog initially with mash-ups of old paintings with pictures from magazines. Then one of his followers suggested he try using the same with artwork with music and movies.

“I believe that good cover design is inspired directly from the world of classical art,” says Bernard, “there are many similarities and references to painting.” The sight of an album raises in his mind an impromptu match with an old master, but it doesn’t always happen. Some collages incur within one hour. For other mash-ups he’s researched up to a week for the right image to cover.

Some of his art album mashups include: Michael Jackson meets Van Gogh: The cover of the posthumous compilation “Xscape” on Van Gogh’s “Zouave Milliet Seated” from 1888; “Pin Ups” by David Bowie and “scene in Spain near Seville” by John Bagnold Burgess.; Britney Spears on the cover of “Circus” in the painting “La Soiree” by Vittorio Reggianini; “Like a Virgin” by Madonna combined with “Young Woman Reading” by Alfred Stevens and more.

Circus by Britney Spears + La Soiree by Vittorio Reggianini

Circus by Britney Spears + La Soiree by Vittorio Reggianini

Pin Ups by David Bowie + Scene in Spain, near Seville by John Bagnold Burgess

Pin Ups by David Bowie + Scene in Spain, near Seville by John Bagnold Burgess

Like a Virgin by Madonna + Young Woman Reading by Alfred Stevens

Like a Virgin by Madonna + Young Woman Reading by Alfred Stevens

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Forever, Michael by Michael Jackson and 1st Earl Roberts by John Singer Sargent

Sources: All Things Michael | Eisen Bernard Bernardo | Spiegel Online

Artist Creates Series Of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean Performance

Sources: Daniel Brooks | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson’s classic Billie Jean performance has been recreated in a series of 12 paintings by artist Daniel Brooks.

‘’Growing up in the late eighties, MJ was my favorite popstar. I was always fascinated by the way he moved, sang and performed… he was electric, a magician!

In my eyes Billie Jean is the definitive pop performance, it is perfection. The shimmering jacket, glove, socks and hat are iconic. I focused on capturing his signature moves, motion and energy.

Mainly painting in oils previously, for this project I used acrylic as I wanted to paint fast and freely. The aim with this series of paintings is to depict the genius and magic of MJ at his highest peak.’’

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Sources: Daniel Brooks Studios

Rock Photographer Lynn Goldsmith To Hold Meet And Greet At Morrison Hotel Gallery Today

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To coincide with Grammy week’s celebration of the Music industry, Morrison Hotel Gallery welcomes acclaimed photographer Lynn Goldsmith in a meet and greet and signing for her book, Rock and Roll Stories.

The story of rock lives in Lynn Goldsmith’s photographs. After coming of age in the Midwest in the tumultuous 1960s, she crashed the music scene in New York and emerged as one of its leading image-makers. She chronicled Bruce Springsteen’s passage to glory, the Rolling Stones’ legendary stadium tours, Michael Jackson’s staggering ascent, U2’s arrival in New York, and the brooding force of Bob Marley. Culture heroes like Bob Dylan and Patti Smith became frequent subjects for her lens. The range of her work is staggering.

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In Rock and Roll Stories, she shares the best of this work. Her commentary takes the reader into the studio, the tour bus, the concert hall, and the streets where the pictures were made, offering revealing perspectives on her subjects and herself.

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Joining Lynn for a brief interview is her longtime friend and famed jewelry designer to Rock’s glitterati, Loree Rodkin.

Details:

Date: February 9, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Venue:

Morrison Hotel Gallery
1200 Alta Loma Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States

Gallery’s Mission Supports Artists with Developmental Delays

Michael Jackson by Myasia Dowdell

Michael Jackson by Myasia Dowdell

LAND—League, Artists Natural Design—Gallery, features artists with disabilities. The 15 adult artists who are currently a part of LAND’s program use the gallery’s studio space to produce drawings, paintings, and sculptures that explore through both abstraction and figuration a myriad of cultural concerns.

LAND operates as a nonprofit funded through the federal Medicaid health program, one with a dual mission to “teach life skills through the modality of art and allow artists a studio program to create their visions,” according to LAND curator Matthew Murphy, who founded the gallery in 2005. “We are completely hands off with the artists. We are here to provide materials and it’s an open studio where the artists work from their own experiences and interpretations,” says LAND Coordinator Sophia Cosmadopoulos. Noting that LAND is less an art therapy program and more like a daily residency, Murphy adds, “the art comes first, no matter what.”

The gallery will have a booth at this year’s Outsider Art Fair and has had shows at MoMA, MAD Museum, and the Museum of Everything. The gallery has also coordinated commercial collaborations between LAND artists and retailers including J.Crew and Opening Ceremony.

The LAND artists generally use popular culture as a point of inspiration for their works. Myasia Dowdell’s paintings, Michael Jackson and LL Cool J, and Kenya Hanley’s Reggae Greatsare portraits that draw on the artists’ fascinations with music. Michael Pellew’s drawing, 4 Decades of Celebrity, features several Pop portraits of the Kardashians, among other celebrities, to explore America’s obsession with fame.

“It’s really important that we become a landmark for the type artists that we serve. LAND is helping to set the stage for a lot of discussions about how people with developmental disabilities can participate in the world,” explains Matthews to The Creators Project. “There are other services that day habilitation programs that Medicaid offer but this is pretty unique because the artists are able to make a living from their work,” says Cosmadopoulos. “These artists are separate from mainstream art and art history and they are very original and doing their vision their way.” She adds, “It’s a pretty pure way of creating artwork.”

LAND Gallery will be showing from January 21 through 24 at Outsider Art Fair. For more information, click here.

 

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Sources: The Creator’s Project | All Things Michael

Special Exhibit: Kent Twitchell’s Incredible Mural of Michael Jackson

Sources: Eventbrite | All Things Michael

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT), Northridge, CA

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Attendees first enter through the New Sahara Gallery (located in Suite 202A, on the same floor and building as the Museum) to learn about the three-year process in the making of the mural. There will be photographs highlighting Kent Twitchell’s career and additional Michael Jackson artifacts on display. Then head to the Museum to see various studies done by Kent Twitchell for the mural, as well as finished pieces of the 60 feet x 100 feet mural.

Donations are required for this special exhibit. The Museum is asking for a donation of at least $10/person. These funds will be dedicated towards having the entire mural placed on a building that has already been earmarked in Sherman Oaks, right down the street where Michael lived for some time in Encino.

Please assist the Museum in having this monumental mural placed in the valley as soon as possible. Help The Museum of the San Fernando Valley continue to preserve and educate residents and guests on the history, art and culture of the Valley.

The Musuem is located at 18860 Nordhoff St. #204, Northridge, CA 91324 – cross streets are Wilbur Ave. and Nordhoff St. – SE Corner – Spanish-style building. Free parking. Elevator access.

Please contact The Museum at 818-347-9665 for any other information.

The Museum Welcomes Michael Jackson Fan Club Members From All Over The World!

SPECIAL EXHIBIT – DATES & TIMES

Saturday, June 20, 2015 through October 31, 2015

Tuesdays: 1pm – 8pm

Thursdays: 1pm – 6pm

Saturdays: 1pm – 6pm

SPECIAL EXHIBITS REQUIRE A $10 DONATION – PLEASE  PRINT OR SHOW YOUR EVENTBRITE TICKET AT THE DOOR.

TICKETS ALLOW ATTENDEES ACCESS TO THE MUSEUM, NEW SAHARA GALLERY & SPECIAL EXHIBIT ROOM.

For more information about the Musuem of the San Fernando Valley, please visit the website: www.themuseumsfv.org

Have questions about SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Kent Twitchell’s Incredible Mural of Michael Jackson? Contact The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

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Before And After Illustrations Of Memorable People

Sources: Lazy Penguins | All Things Michael

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Fulvio Alejandro, who also goes by the alias Fulaleo, has created a series of illustrations featuring memorable personas from the entertainment and technology industries.

The theme of the art, is showing the before and after of the person being drawn. In most cases they appear next to each other, a younger version and an older version of the famous person whose work or achievements have left a deep impression on millions of people.

The illustrations are beautiful and very accurate. Also details, such as Paul McCartney wearing a John Lennon t-shirt and many others, make these incredibly awesome!

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Steve Jobs

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Robert De Niro

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SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Kent Twitchell’s Incredible Mural Of Michael Jackson

Sources: The Museum of the San Fernando Valley | Thanks to Karen O’Halloran

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Attendees first enter through the New Sahara Gallery (located in Suite 202A, on the same floor and building as the Museum) to learn about the three-year process in the making of the mural. There will be photographs highlighting Kent Twitchell’s career and additional Michael Jackson artifacts on display. Then head to the Museum to see various studies done by Kent Twitchell for the mural, as well as finished pieces of the 60 feet x 100 feet mural.

Donations are required for this special exhibit. The Museum is asking for a donation of at least $10/person. These funds will be dedicated towards having the entire mural placed on a building that has already been earmarked in Sherman Oaks, right down the street where Michael lived for some time in Encino.

Please assist the Museum in having this monumental mural placed in the valley as soon as possible. Help The Museum of the San Fernando Valley continue to preserve and educate residents and guests on the history, art and culture of the Valley.

The Musuem is located at 18860 Nordhoff St. #204, Northridge, CA 91324 – cross streets are Wilbur Ave. and Nordhoff St. – SE Corner – Spanish-style building. Free parking. Elevator access.

Please contact The Museum at 818-347-9665 for any other information.

The Museum Welcomes Michael Jackson Fan Club Members From All Over The World!

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SPECIAL EXHIBIT – DATES & TIMES

Saturday, June 20, 2015 through October 31, 2015

Tuesdays: 1pm – 8pm

Thursdays: 1pm – 6pm

Saturdays: 1pm – 6pm

SPECIAL EXHIBITS REQUIRE A $10 DONATION – PLEASE  PRINT OR SHOW YOUR EVENTBRITE TICKET AT THE DOOR.

TICKETS ALLOW ATTENDEES ACCESS TO THE MUSEUM, NEW SAHARA GALLERY & SPECIAL EXHIBIT ROOM.

For more information about the Musuem of the San Fernando Valley, please visit the website: www.themuseumsfv.org

Have questions about SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Kent Twitchell’s Incredible Mural of Michael Jackson? Contact The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

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Artist Completes 12ft Tall Portrait Of Michael Jackson With 1,680 Soda Cans

Sources: PRLog | All Things Michael

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LOS ANGELESAug. 21, 2015PRLog — Aug 18, 2015

Los Angeles artist Seaton Brown recently completed a commissioned 12ft tall portrait of Michael Jackson made from 1,680 unpainted soda-pop cans entitled “A Tribute to the King of Pop V2.”

The 144sqft piece was unveiled in an impromptu, guerrilla-style street-art showing on the corner of Hollywood and Highland at midday about 2 weeks ago, where the artist and his team erected the megalith on the sidewalk. Onlookers blocked traffic to get a photo of the piece, which could be seen from a block away at the El Capitan theater.

This is the second such work Brown has done in addition to similar pieces, such as a 6ft tall portrait of Pamela Anderson made from candy and candy wrappers entitled “Eye Candy” – which was ultimately eaten by rats (a fitting end to the piece and the commentary the artist was making).

The “King of Pop V2” was crated and shipped across country where it will be placed in one of the Ripley’s Entertainment museums, as yet to be determined.

A short video of the creation of the piece and it’s unveiling on Hollywood Blvd. can be seen below:

Seaton Brown’s website: www.seatonbrownfineart.com

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