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Russell Young

EMINEM, 2002
Acrylic paint screen print on canvas (yellow+hot pink)
62 x 48 in. (157.5 x 121.9 cm)
From series Pig Portrait

Price: $12,000

Eminem was arrested twice in June 2000 for gun possession and assault. He was first arrested in Royal Oak, Michigan on June 2, 2000, after an altercation where he was alleged to have pulled out a gun.

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.