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Russell Young

ELVIS, 2001
Acrylic paint screen print on canvas (pink+black)
62 x 48 in. (157.5 x 121.9 cm)

Price: $15,000

1970 in Denver Colorado where Elvis was in town collecting an honorary Police badge for donating to the construction of a gym. Elvis was not arrested but rather taking a photo for his badge

 

Pig Portraits is about the glamour in the dark side of crime, fame, sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Culled from Police booking photographs commonly called Mug Shots, the colorful collection of Young’s ‘Pig Portraits’ subtly question the nature of photography, portraiture and the double-edged sword of celebrity itself. Juxtaposed against his earlier portraits, these images are sometimes considered ‘anti-celebrity’, when in fact, they create a bold tribute, demonstrating a youth and rebellion that we can all relate to and appreciate.