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Russell Young

SID VICIOUS, 2001
Acrylic paint screen print on canvas (yellow+black)
62 x 48 in. (157.5 x 121.9 cm)
From the series Pig Portraits

Price: $15,000

Sid Vicious, the bassist for the Sex Pistols, was arrested by New York police for the October 1978 murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Sid’s subsequent drug overdose spared him the indignity of a homicide trial.

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.