Tag: pop art

Why So Serious? A Skull Portrait of Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger was the best Joker, hands down! He was creepy, violent, and had no sappy backstory on why he as that way. He was just an evil man that wanted to watch the world burn! Awesome! I thought his character would be perfect for my next skull portrait. The smeared clown make up and…

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The God of Thunder – Gene Simmons Skull Portrait

How about that shit! That is the craziest portrait I have ever done! It’s the second of my celebrity skull portrait series. This painting of Gene Simmons is based on his photo from the cover of KISS Alive II. He was a sweaty, blood-covered mess, and it matched the music on those two vinyl albums…

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Evel Knievel – Daredevil, A True Superstar

This painting is loud and proud, just like the man himself! Evel embodied the late sixties in America: reckless, wild and innocent! He was crazy and calculated, the the hero of every boy at that time. There is a great book written about him by Leigh Montville called, Evel. I used two different images for…

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The Last Ride of Captain America

This is not a portrait of the superhero of the same name, but the name of Peter Fonda’s character in the wild movie “Easy Rider”. When I first saw this movie, it rattled my, at the time, right wing brain. I thought it was entertaining but full of hippy propaganda. But the older I got,…

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Cool Hand Paul Newman

Paul Newman was one of the greatest actors of all time, with great performances spanning decades. Some of his best were The Hustler, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, and one of the greatest sports movies ever made, Slap Shot. This portrait of Paul Newman is based on the 1967 movie “Cool Hand…

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Lament of the Lizard King

Everyone’s favorite version of Jim Morrison is the young and wild poet from the first Doors album. Not me. I like the older Morrison. The bearded, bloated, drunk blues singer from the LA Woman album. That is the Jim Morrison I am painting. He is looking far off with weary eyes. Is he in deep…

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The Rise of the Italian Stallion

Rocky is one of the greatest boxing movies ever made! It was created by Sylvester Stallone and made him a superstar! I tried to capture the violence and chaos that happens in a boxing match, as well as emphasizing the destruction done to Rocky’s face from his opponent. His eyes are swollen shut, his jaw…

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