Michael Jackson portraits by Dick Zimmerman - limited editions now available to purchase
Dick Zimmerman, the man who photographed the cover of Thriller, is an acclaimed portrait painter of international repute. Now for the first time, he is offering collectors the chance to own limited editions and original paintings of two very special Michael Jackson artworks.
Renowned Hollywood portrait painter Dick Zimmerman has created two special paintings of Michael Jackson which he is offering as limited editions in a choice of styles. First is a very special montage painting, a tribute to Michael Jackson packed full of visual references and insights gained by Dick over the 15 years he knew Michael. The montage was unveiled on Live national television in the USA on Friday September 18th. Dick made the photograph that appeared on the cover of Thriller, and as a complementary piece to the montage, he has made a new 2009 painting of his world renowned Thriller portrait of Michael in his white jacket. Dick’s white jacket that is - he lent it to Michael for the shoot.
As Dick explains: “I started as a Portrait Painter, and my technique was always realism in oils. As I always painted exactly what came out of the camera, I took up photography to make my reference photographs for my paintings that much better."
Dick has chosen us to be his exclusive representative in Europe and we are delighted to offer limited editions of these two special paintings to our clients.
The 2009 Thriller painting is available in three formats:
1.As a limited edition giclee on heavy weight fine art paper in a choice of sizes
2.As a large format 40x41 inch limited edition giclee on artists canvas, with individual details painted onto the canvas by Dick Zimmerman personally and varnished to finish
3.As a bespoke original oil painting by Dick Zimmerman, created from scratch to your own exact size specifications. This third option is the connoisseurs choice - for the collector who has to have the absolute best available at any price.
The tribute painting, which Dick has titled HOMAGEKOP8/15 is only available in the first two formats. There will only ever be one original oil painting version of this piece, and there is already one seven figure offer on the table for the original. As a result Dick will not be offering further original oils - this will be a strict one off in this format.
HOMAGEKOP8/15..is an unusual title..... so what does the title signify?
KOP is Michael Jackson - the King Of Pop. 8 refers to the number of creative & social occasions Dick spent with Michael over the 15 years he knew him - so 8 over 15, or 8/15.
Dick explains further: The montage is based around the "Thriller" cover, and the two images upper left were from the exclusive portrait session of Michael & Lisa’s wedding taken in Donald Trump’s Penhouse at the Trump Tower in Manhattan. The image of Michael to the right of the Thriller was an alternative image taken at the Thriller session. The image of ET is from the album of MJ's narration of the ET story.
Dick Zimmerman shares some further insights: “Even though my basic painting technique is realistic, I painted the two upper left images to look like a mask as I felt that in a sense Michael created them to hide behind...The lighted tube was to signify his interest in magic...ET was to signify his childlike quality & I made his eyes gold and his face a bit evil to relate to the Thriller Video and the horror aspect..I positioned the eyes of Lisa Marie as far away from the upper images to represent a the lack of communication in the relationship and the second image to represent her fading away...the two red stripes on his shoulder represent his obsession with his military uniforms. And of course ET his pal resting on his shoulder. There is one more very big clue to the positioning of the composition elements and the upper left image along with the reason for the smile which is something Michael had shared with me one evening over a bottle of wine that we had shared at the Trump tower at about 1:00 am which I will keep personal at this time!"
You can view the work and place an order here