Friday, 5 October 2012

The Art of Elvis

One of the most recognisable images is that of Elvis Presley - whether it's the slick kid with the crazy legs or jokeshop Elvis - that most imitated of looks whereby anyone with a few bucks (or quid) can buy a comedy wig, glasses and a cheap satin jumpsuit... Imitation remains the sincerest form of flattery, but for many of us, the image holds a message. Deciphering this message is the task of a lifetime, but the image of Elvis speaks to many and on different levels. Heavy? - well, maybe - here's some pictures of The King from various artists, so lets see how they interpret the message behind the image... (Or, lets look at some piccies of Elvis - hey, I don't care so long as you are having fun!).

Can you believe this one is a pencil drawing? - amazing!

http://cataclysm-x.deviantart.com/
The late John Berkey's image of The King was submitted for consideration to become an American postage stamp. Berkey was a well-respected science fiction artist, whose work included the cover art for the book of the original Star Wars film.
This work is by Deviant Art contributor b_positive; a clever way of combining a statement with an image.

http://b-positive.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=elvis
Rob De Vries is an amazing artist; the following two works use the proximity of the subject to convey an immediacy not always possible with such a reclusive and isolated star as Elvis became.


http://www.freewebs.com/gordspictures/elvispresley.htm

This picture is a personal favourite.












 

http://miximilimix.deviantart.com/

Another evocative piece, a good muted use of colour and form.

http://rawclips.deviantart.com/

A different approach; suggestive of animation, another favourite.
vanishingwalker.deviantart.com

The image shows just enough detail - the lack of colour lends the picture a documentary sort of feel - a kind of reality to me.
Andy Warhol - never one of my favourite artists, but art is a matter of taste...
 http://b-maze.deviantart.com/

Tattoo style imagery here, it works for me!
 http://cubistpanther.deviantart.com/

No explanation really needed - a serious work that stands with the very best.



http://princesstigerlili.deviantart.com/

Emotion, intensity and an honest approach seem to be behind this portrait. Remarkable.













This one started out as a photo, the artist digitally enhancing and then adding to the image.

/http://www.freewebs.com/teresawinston/
 http://akrialex.deviantart.com/

An irreverent take on the image...
http://markdraws.deviantart.com/

Caricature has a place in art; here it shows the humour of the performer...
al-mendoza.deviantart.com

Riotous colour, a mean, moody Elvis here!
 http://heidibenz.deviantart.com/

Unbelievable attention to detail!

 http://mandymcgee.deviantart.com/

These last two are oddities at first sight; Elvis & Marilyn?, cool! - my favourite is the portrait of Priscilla as Rock 'n Roll Lolita...


http://mandymcgee.deviantart.com/

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