Artist Alice X Zhang uses her loose, impressionistic style to capture the pivotal, defining moments in some of the most well known cult films, from Pulp Fiction to Moonrise Kingdom to Battle Royale. Beautifully rendering these iconic images in bright, eye catching colors reveals the artistry of these films. You can buy prints from her “Moments” collection at Bottleneck Gallery, a gold mine of pop culture goodies.
Gil Elvgren was one of the most important and prolific pin up artists of the early 20th century. Creating an aesthetic that is still celebrated today, Elvgren’s ladies are playful, adventurous, and unabashed in their various states of undress, innocent with just a hint of naughty. Choosing my favorites from his vast catalogue of work was very difficult, but I tried to put together a group that represented his seasonal themes, nudes, visual tricks and his overall celebration of the female form.
Editorials that are based off works of art are always a favourite, especially when they’re as well executed as this one of Jessica Chastain for the December issue of Vogue, shot by master portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz. Jessica Chastain’s achingly photogenic face and ease in front of the camera allow her to sink into the moods of these beautiful pieces of art perfectly. The selection of paintings and styles that have been chosen for her to emulate is outstanding, with the familiar and the not-so-familiar mixing together to help make this an editorial that can stand on its own.
I love when Vogue does stories where they retell fables and fairy tales and literature via art and fashion. In this Wizard of Oz inspired editorial from 2005, Keira Knightley plays Dorothy Gale and various artists, including Brice Marden, John Currin, and Jasper Johns, play the rest of the story’s characters.
Mark Ryden is considered the god father of the pop surrealist movement, an art movement which began in the 1970′s in Southern California, marked by its elevation of pop cultural figures. Ryden did book covers for Stephen King’s The Regulators and Desperation, as well as the cover images for Michael Jackson’s Dangerous, RHCP’s One Hot Minute and Aerosmith’s Love in an Elevator. His later gallery shows would explore the cultural disconnect to nature, including the meat industry. These are some of my favorite of his works, including portraits of Christina Ricci, Bjork and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.