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Russell Young

MLK JR DEAD, 2004
Acrylic paint screen print on somerset paper (blue+magenta)
44 1/2 x 35 in. (113.0 x 32.5 cm)
From the series Pig Portraits
This work is from an edition of 50
(Contact for availibility)

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.