Friend of Marilyn Monroe & Pioneering Photojournalist Eve Arnold, Dies Aged 99

January 12, 2012 on 5:11 pm | In Breaking News, Celebrities, Eve Arnold, Famous People, Marilyn Monroe, Photography, Photojournalism | No Comments

It is with regret that we inform you of the passing of legendary photojournalist, Eve Arnold on 4th January 2012


(Eve Arnold at work. She was one of the first photographers of her era to break away from only shooting in the confined studios of Hollywood)

Born in Philadelphia in 1912, Eve Arnold never intended to become a pioneer of the photographic industry. In fact, the very idea of earning a living through the art of photography wasn’t even considered until 38 year old Arnold was handed a $40 Rolleiflex by her boyfriend…and as they say, the rest is history.


Click image below, for more info on the limited edition photo


(A Thoughtful Moment, The Misfits, 1960
- limited edition photo of 495 Copies)

Through her naturalistic style, Arnold always managed to capture the mood and emotion of her subject, and by doing so would tell their poignant story through her photos.

By the 1950’s, Eve’s career path had changed dramatically. She was the only woman to have joined the prestigious Magnum Photography Agency wherein she got to travel the world capturing on film disabled Vietnam war veterans, Mongolian Herdsmen, migrant workers, and civil rights protesters of apartheid South Africa. Magnum, previously known for its predominantly masculine and harder approach to photography was now, for the first time, projecting a softer ethos. This was down to the feminine sensibility and the skilful art of storytelling apparent in every image captured by the legendary Eve Arnold.



(Eve Arnold. Cuba, Havana. Bar girl in a brothel in the red light district. 1954.)

By the mid 1950′s it was apparent that Eve Arnold was equally at ease photographing the Hollywood elite of her era, including the likes of Joan Crawford. However, it was her candid shots of the now late Marilyn Monroe that she became best known for. Marked by her sense of compassion and understanding, Arnold took on a photojournalistic approach to her work allowing her to capture images of Monroe in a naturalistic style never seen before. Arnold’s style was directly opposed to the generically staged studio photography sessions associated with Hollywood at the time.


Click image below, for more info on the limited edition photo


(Marilyn Taking Direction, The Misfits, 1960
- limited edition photo of 495 Copies)

In the ten years that Eve Arnold extensively photographed Marilyn Monroe, she became a close friend to the movie star up until her tragic death in 1962. It was this friendship and trust between the two that allowed Eve to intimately capture Monroe’s spontaneous moods. Marilyn allowed Eve to portray her as more than just a blonde bombshell of the big screen. Instead, we were able to see her as human. A human who, just like the rest of us, had moments of vulnerability and insecurity. This charm and fragility can be seen in many of Eve’s photographs of Miss Monroe, but perhaps is most poignantly portrayed in ‘Memorising Lines’; as Monroe is captured insecurely holding her hands to her face as she attempts to remember her lines on the set of her 1960 film ‘The Misfits’.



(Eve Arnold. Memorising Lines, The Misfits. 1960)

Although we have lost Eve Arnold in person, her legacy will most certainly live on. Through her pioneering photojournalistic approach to her art, and her unique and privileged relationships with her subjects, Arnold cemented her place as one of the photographic industry’s most revered figures of the 20th Century. And it is here she will forever remain.

Rest In Peace, Eve.

Jess

(All images are copyright Eve Arnold & Magnum Photography)

Useful Links:

The Guardian – Eve Arnold’s most memorable shots

Marilyn Monroe – Biography

BBC’s selection of Eve Arnold’s work


Ronnie Wood: A Master of Creativity – Releases Limited Edition Art to the UK

November 10, 2011 on 12:59 pm | In Celebrities, Music, New Published Artists, Ronnie Wood, Washington Green Fine Art | 1 Comment

Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones is perhaps best known for the electrifying talent that’s created when he is handed a guitar. However, his creativity doesn’t stop simply at the playing of musical instruments. Art has been just as inseparable to Ronnie’s life and career in much the same way that music has, although it is maybe less publically known. However, this is all about to change…


Ronnie Wood in his artist studio, surrounded by his paintings

Ronnie’s “artistic awakening” was brought about from an early age, kick started when his childhood artistic creations were featured on the BBC television programme Sketch Club. Since then, he has continued to put pencil to paper; ultimately leading to his fantastic debut collection for Washington Green. This collection particularly conveys the intertwining of Ronnie’s two great passions, music and art; as his series of four pieces titled ‘The Famous Flames Suite’, and the fifth and final piece ‘Stones On Stage – Got Me Rockin’ all recreate the energy and raw atmosphere exuded by the Rolling Stones during a live performance.


‘The Famous Flames Suite,’ Set of 4 limited editions
Available on paper or as box canvases set by Ronnie Wood

Through his artistic interpretation, Ronnie offers us a front row view of the Stones in action. Wood references photos of the Stones taken during performances to recreate the accurate facial expressions of his band mates, bringing an element of realism to his figurative works. Yet alongside this realism, an aspect of fantasy is brought to the table through his use of vivid colours created by applying acrylics, then oils, and finally embellishing the canvas with oil pastels. For instance, in ‘The Famous Flames Suite’, the Stones are performing amidst waves of dramatic orange flames that theatrically echo the vibrancy, energy and rhythm of a live performance by The Rolling Stones.


‘Stones On Stage – Got Me Rockin’ limited edition
Available on paper or as box canvas by Ronnie Wood

This collection is simply a stunning celebration of The Rolling Stones’ musical legacy that can be adored and appreciated by music and art lovers alike.

Thanks,

Jess

Useful Links:

Ronnie Wood’s 2010 American Exhibition


‘Macho Man Randy Savage’ has died – a true wrestling artist passes away

May 22, 2011 on 5:53 am | In Breaking News, Celebrities | 2 Comments

I want to pay tribute to one of the world’s greatest ‘artists.’ Randy Savage (real name ‘Randall Mario Poffo’) was a wrestler & not a painter but wrestling is an art form & in this sense Savage was one of the greatest artists to have ever stepped foot in the squared circle.

When my friend phoned me 2 days ago and told me the news, neither of us believed it. Checking the internet wrestling sites we found out it was true, the American wrestler Randy Savage had passed away. The legendary Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage had died following a heart attack while driving his vehicle in Seminole, Florida, he was just 58. Setting aside the heart wrenching news, let me take a moment to remember some of my warmest memories of the man and the wrestler.

Literally one of the most colourful and recognisable figures from the then ‘WWF,’ Savage helped put Vince McMahon’s WWF (now ‘WWE’) on the map during what is now known as the ‘Cartoon Era’ of wrestling in the late 80s and early 90s. The 3 biggest names in the WWF in that era where: Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior & ‘The Macho King’ Randy Savage. His career spanned some 4 decades, debuting in 1973 and although his full time career ended in 1999/2000, in the now defunct WCW, it is his run with the WWF that Savage will most be remembered. Two of the greatest matches I have ever seen on screen, both featured The Macho King vs. The Ultimate Warrior.

The 1st was the ‘retirement’ match between the 2 giants of the squared circle at Wrestlemania VII in 1991. The match drew incredible crowd reaction, with Savage carrying the less technically skilled Warrior to a heated win – a testament to the skill of the Macho Man as a supreme worker. This was an epic duel & after Savage put over the Warrior, fans where treated to the surprise (on screen) reunion of Randy & Miss Elizabeth in the ring. I remember starring in amazement at the TV, watching pictures of people in the audience crying with happiness, wow those 2 where over!

The 2nd encounter was at the momentous Summserlam 1992 at London’s Wembley Stadium. In the first half of the double main event the Macho Man again faced The Warrior. (The second half would feature the late Davey Boy Smith the ‘British Bulldog’ vs. the ‘Hitman’ Bret Hart.) In the electric heat of a warm August night, Wembley Stadium played host to one of the most exciting matches I have ever seen & the crowd went wild for every move. This was a spectacular tour de force by Savage & there was now no doubt in my mind of his supreme athleticism, technical ability & artistry as one of wrestling’s best ever story tellers.

By all accounts in real life Savage was a stand up guy, a bit of a worrier, a thinker and a man who was fiercely protective of his female partners; the on screen ‘paranoia’ he often displayed over Miss Elizabeth (at the time his real life wife) was not that far removed from the real life Savage. Savage was also happy to give his time to younger, up and coming wrestlers & offer them advice about the business.

Savage recently got remarried to his child hood sweet heart and I hope he enjoyed great happiness in the year since they where married. I felt Savage had fallen off the wrestling radar somewhat in the 10 years since he retired, not much was written or spoke about him and it didn’t feel right. I hope now his legacy will be remembered properly and he will finally be revered as one of the all time greats.

My thoughts go to his family & wife during this sad time,

God Bless

R
Picture Perfect Gallery

Useful Links:
Savage vs. Warrior build up video – Summerslam 1992
Macho Man Randy Savage and what he taught us all
‘Macho Man’ was a true original


Timmy Mallett celebrates ‘The Railway Children’ – film’s 40th Birthday

July 12, 2010 on 1:55 am | In Celebrities, Collections, English Countryside, Famous Artists, Figurative Art, New Releases, Timmy Mallett, TV & Film | 1 Comment

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ‘The Railway Children’ film adaptation, Timmy Mallett has painted & released three brand new limited editions prints in Timmy’s classic painting style:

Timmy stands proudly with his paintings

As well as having Timmy’s signature style there is also something special about these pieces. As normal each limited editions is signed by Mallett ….AND AMAZINGLY each is also signed by 3 stars from the film – Bernard Cribbins, Jenny Agutter and Sally Thomsett! So these pieces are an absolute must have for anyone who loves one of Britain’s all time favourite children’s films!

This is a real opportunity to invest in something that you loved during your childhood or to be part of this celebration. Perhaps you are new to this film or Edith Nesbitt’s original book?


‘Send Our Love To Father’ by Timmy Mallet
(available as an on paper or canvas limited edition)

The editions of these pictures are very low – only 50 Canvas and 100 paper limited editions have been produced & this is going to heighten demand and increase dramatically the collectability of this range.


‘Saved By Red Petticoats’ by Timmy Mallett
aka: ‘Saved by Red Petticoats’
(available as an on paper or canvas limited edition)


‘Oak Worth’ by Timmy Mallett
(available as an on paper or canvas limited edition)

Thanks

James

Links:
Timmy Mallet Interview Part 1
Timmy Mallet Interview Part 2
Timmy’s Official Website

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