Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mae West: Blonde Icons

A Garden State artist draws inspiration from MAE WEST.
• • During an exhibition entitled "Blonde Icons," Anthony Alansky got the opportunity to display his colorful portraits of Mae West — — as well as Marilyn Monroe, Mamie Van Doren, Madonna, and others.
• • "When I was a child, I got turned on to all the great old Hollywood movies," Alansky recently told reporter Daniel O'Keefe, Staff Writer for "I love beauty and glamour. It's just what inspires me."
• • A fictional character Alansky has brought to life on canvas is a blonde bombshell named Gaemella La Amouria, a model and an actress.
• • Daniel O'Keefe noted: The subject of his works has remained constant through the years. Since his youth he's felt drawn towards celebrity actresses, singers and models — larger than life starlets such as Marilyn Monroe and Madonna, whose every move is made in the spotlight. . . . In 2007, a portrait he painted of Princess Diana, which currently hangs in the hallway of his Rutherford, New Jersey residence, was featured in the book, "Diana in Art."
• • Alansky's latest achievement is a portrait featured in a new book called "Letters of Little Edie Beale: Grey Gardens and Beyond." Edie Beale, or Edith Bouvier Beale, was a first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. A socialite and model for Macy's, Beale lived a life of privilege in New York City. ...
• • May all his blonde bombshells strengthen his bonds with art buyers.

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