We thought we would take a look at some of the many prints we have of musicians depicted in a range of styles from several of our fabulous artists at artrepublic. What better way to celebrate your favourite rock star than with a limited edition print. It is impossible to list them all but here’s a selection of our favourites...
No collection of prints of musicians would be complete without the king of rock and roll Elvis himself. Several artists have used his image in their work and none so effectivly as the king of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake. American Trilogy is a triptych of prints that can be purchased as a set of three or individually. There is Black and Silver Gloss, Cream and Gold Diamond Dust, and Black and silver diamond dust versions. A classic image of Elvis is placed alongside two other immediately recognisable symbols of American-ness the stars and stripes flag and a box of CocaCola a reference to mass-production and branding. Peter Blake has also used Elvis in his photo collage star series Elvis 2010. Elvis has also featured in the prints of other artists such as Mike Edwards in Elvis Quotes, Russell Young in Elvis Presley Pig Portrait and Simon Dixon in Elvis Presley.
Brighton artist Simon Dixon creates bold images of cult rock and roll figures that not only includes Elvis but The Ronettes, Paul Weller, Sid Viscious and Jonny Cash. Painting portraits based purely on the subjects he connects with, regardless of fashion or public opinion. His painting style is pure pop, with photographic detail imposed on broad area of flat colour. Dixon is primarily inspired by his passion for 20th century history and popular culture, believing that one strong image can capture the spirit of a whole era. Although known for painting recognizable figures, much of his work has dealt with lesser known cult or folk 'heroes'. A personal obsession with all things rock n roll defines the visual impact of Dixon's work.
Some of our most popular work comes for two artists who use the lyrics of songs to build up the image of the singer. Screen Prince, who as the name suggests, does all his own printing, specialises in this and has made prints of Amy Winehouse, The Notorious B.I.G, Bob Marley, Kurt Cobain and Michael Jackson to name but a few. Thoughtfully created they are a perfect fusion of music and art. Whereas Screen Princes’ images are all hand drawn, Mike Edwards uses digital methods to create a similar but more structured effect using the song lyrics in a more orderly composition with prints of David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Morrissey, Joe Strummer and Pete Doherty.
Finally, several of our artists are well known for their Album cover artwork collaborating with musicians to create memorable images. John Van Hamersveld’s Jimi Hendrix drawing was originally made as the iconic poster for the Pinnacle Concert February 10th 1968, and this one image has had a huge influence on art as well as artists since that concert. The print is currently available in three colours Red, Silver and Blue. Similarly Storm Thorgerson is synonymous with some of the most famous album covers of all time including Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and many of Thorgerson's classic album covers have become masterpieces in their own right. His often surrealist work raised the bar for album cover designs, changing the way the world looked at music. PF40 Best Of features many of the album covers he created for legendary band Pink Floyd.