Framed Elvis Presley (Pig Portraits) by Russell Young
Acrylic paint silkscreen on Somerset paper.
Framed using all museum grade conservation materials for preservation.
We've framed this special piece with a white lacquered curved frame with a hand-gilt 23.5 carat gold leaf inner moulding to make it pop, and finally glazed using 99% UV protective and anti-reflective museum & conservation grade glass for ultimate protection.
'These works explored the heady combination of celebrity and criminality, fame and shame, which has become central to Young’s oeuvre. Having worked with celebrities for most of his career Young’s original idea was to create a sort of ‘anti-celebrity’ portrait, but in making these large and colourful silkscreens he actually magnified their beauty and iconicity. “There is undeniably this attitude that is very real, in your face, a beauty that is hard to ignore. My art is a sort of soundtrack to my life, loves, experiences and influences. These would be my heroes that are missing from Art History,” the artist explains. At the heart of his work are modern notions of celebrity and idolisation, how the media and we, the public, raise people up only to knock them down, and the glamorisation of the hedonistic lifestyles of the rich and famous.
Twenty years after debut solo show in 2002 the momentum of Russell Young is as strong as ever, his works widely exhibited and regularly finding its way into new collections through major auction houses. It is an impressive résumé that includes several retrospectives, eight museum shows and more that seventy solo shows around the world. Young’s pop-art aesthetics and focus on the icons of Western celebrity has gathered a loyal following among people who themselves are in the public limelight. Young was born in Yorkshire and lives and works in New York and Los Angeles.'
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