An exhibition currently running at National Portrait Gallery features Michael Jackson-inspired art, with Mark Ryden‘s cover for the 1991 record “Dangerous” prominently featured. But it’s not just the original painting: Ryden crafted an entirely new work, “The King of Pop,” to house the piece.
In the video above, Ryden says that Jackson appeared to him in a dream, suggesting a new frame needed for the work. “So I set to designing a better frame,” Ryden says. “I had to design something of great exuberance and magnitude that didn’t overwhelm my original painting. I wanted it to be detailed and beautiful but not distract from the art it surrounded. I tried to design the frame to echo the painting’s lines, shapes, and rhythms … ”
“Michael Jackson: On the Wall” runs until Oct. 21 at the space.
#Repost @nationalportraitgallery #MichaelJackson’s significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story… until now. Michael Jackson: On the Wall opens Thursday 28 June. Tickets: £17.50 – £22. Head to our website to secure your ticket (link in bio) #MJOntheWall #NationalPortraitGallery #MJFans #markryden #kingofpop
Here are my sketches for the design of the reliquary “frame” for my Michael Jackson piece “The King of Pop” now on view @nationalportraitgallery in London through Oct 21st. #mjonthewall #kingofpop #nationalportraitgallery I sketched out each specific section and then combined it them digitally shown in the last image.