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Russell Young

FRANK SINATRA, 2007
Acrylic paint silkscreen on canvas (atomic silver+milori blue.)
62 x 48 in. 157.5 x 121.9 cm
From the series Pig Portraits

Price: $15,000

Twenty-three-year-old Frank Sinatra was arrested on November 26, 1938, in Hackensack, New Jersey, and charged with adultery and seduction, having been caught carrying on with a married woman. Who would have known that he\’d soon make a career out of seducing the world with his voice?

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.