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Moonwalker (Michael Jackson) by Mark Davies
Limited Edition Print Of 10
Medium: Giclee On Paper
Framed Size: 47" x 35"
My interpretation of Michael Jackson’s ‘Moonwalker’ created using my smoke-filled silhouette style of working. My 2016 piece ‘Policemen & Pirates’ (Peter Pan) touched on the downfall of the ‘King of Pop’ and the controversy that engulfed him so for this piece I wanted to throw everything into depicting him in a way that epitomised his mastery of choreography and iconic stature. This piece is 100% good and positive, allowing him to shine and command the canvas as he did the floor.
A constant stream of his classic albums whilst creating ‘Moonwalker’ such as ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’ certainly brought back good memories listening to them as a kid, interestingly though listening to the tracks as an adult with a genuine love for music the mastery of Michaels’ work was so much audible. This piece interprets the iconic stance from the film, placing him in the smoke-filled bar that threw out so much great colour and light and draws all of that together to form his body to once again light up the room, whether you choose to see it as simply a cool depiction of Michael or his ghost is up to you but I wanted to further expand on the style that I am working closely with and take details that are used to construct pieces such as ‘BALBOA’, ’Teach You I Will’ and ‘Love Will Find A Way’ and utilise them in a way that delivers a seriously cool piece of art that can simply be enjoyed and identified with. The level of detail is pretty insane close up but comes together to work well when reduced down so as to grab your attention.
This piece has been created to showcase the potential and possibilities of expanding on music icons in this style that sees the detail and intensity adjust depending on the subject and their characteristics that are shown. I wanted to create a subtle sense of movement here to show that Michael has just moved into the pose you see him in, so a fluid drag of the leg or raise of the arm is portrayed in the intricate detail that radiates from the figure.
When you throw yourself into creating a piece like this and surround yourself with that persons’ work even though the piece keeps the dark out you cant help but feel sad to see how that star has fallen which I feel contributes to the power of the image. Ultimately my aspiration with this piece was to create something that was different to what exists by other artists and to avoid being ring fenced as just another icon that people would buy because of their love for that character, I wanted to do something genuine from one artist to another.