was a creative partnership between Michael Joseph Jackson and Brett-Livingstone Strong. Their aim was to establish the world's most dynamic arts enterprise, promoting the power of imagination, not just for creativity sake, but for the sake of important world causes. Michael and Brett focused their creative expression in support of the arts, children everywhere and our planet. Wherein is a brief history of the Jackson-Strong Alliance as well as Michael Jackson's little known private life as a fine artist..
Michael Jackson´s personal artist David Nordahl
An Interview With David Nordahl with The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies
Source of the content is The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies
Apocalyptic Scene with Michael Jackson Portrait in Armor - Ralph Cowan, 1991
A portrait of Michael painted by Ralph Cowan, was on the Neverland Ranch. We see this portrait in one of Michael's photos taken at his home, sitting at a piano, at the back. Michael also gave the interview to Oprah Winfrey in 1993, sitting in front.
Cowan, painter famous painted the king of pop times in the early 90's, and visited the Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch.
This oil painting of 200 x 100 cm, made in 1991, represents Michael in armor in an apocalyptic scene. It was one of Michael's favorites. He had asked Cowan to make a portrait of him with hidden messages. The singer paid $ 30,000 for the painting and had it set next to his piano at Neverland.
"He called me and said in a very soft voice," I do not really like dogs, I like monkeys, can you paint me with a monkey? "He was not demanding . He was so sweet and kind "
Cowan, now elderly, remembers Michael Jackson as someone very shy and with whom it was very pleasant to work. "He was absolutely wonderful. It was very exciting to hear his own name spoken by a famous voice. "
"Painting Michael was like working with a king. He lived in a fantasy world and if he did not like something, it's like being decapitated."
"One day I asked him how he composed his music and he took me to that tree where he wrote a lot of his songs. I got on the train and I loved all the kids. The child in me could accept that. I have twins and I also like being with children "
Cowan also returns to the hidden messages in the portrait
1. The sentence reads, "I am a multi-dimensional creature going through the experience of life on Earth to learn the consequence of idling thinking ." Cowan says: "At that time, I was learning to meditate and read books spiritual "(this sentence would come from a poem)
2. The armor : "Michael was very, very sensitive and he got angry when people said bad things about him. If he had worn armor he would have been protected.
3. The red cape : It means royalty. He was a king. The King of Pop."
4. The monkeys : "It was not supposed to be Bubbles (Michael's chimpanzee). I had two dogs in the original portrait, but Michael said he did not like dogs. He loved monkeys.
5. The silver urn: "It represents all the rewards he has obtained".
6. The parrot : "He represents the many imitators that Michael had
7. The Chinese Girl : "He saw the children as angels until they grew up. They did not want to rub the adults who had an ego
8. The Space Shuttle : "When he dances and happens it's like he's going into space.
9. Jesus : "Michael was a Jehovah's Witness, and he loved to talk about Jesus Christ and how good Christ was for him."
10. The woman in white dress : "He told me that he saw something like a woman in white and that something magical was going to happen with her.
Kehinde Wiley - Michael Jackson based on Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II
Michael Jackson himself commissioned this portrait after seeing Kehinde Wiley’s work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. After agreeing in 2008 to create this outstanding masterpiece, Wiley naturally decided to finish it after Jackson’s death.
The massive Rubens-inspired oil, called "Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II," swaps out the Spanish monarch's face for Michael Jackson's. after seeing Wiley's work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Jackson contacted the artist for a commission. Jackson, who frequently had himself painted as a king made a natural match for Wiley's magical-realism depictions. After Jackson and Wiley spoke for nearly a half-an-hour over the phone in 2008 about the artistic vision behind the piece, they agreed that Wiley would photograph Jackson in an Old Masters pose. Thoroughly impressed with Jackson's knowledge of the painting process, Wiley sent Jackson a set of reference images but then stopped hearing from him and was unable to contact him after Jackson changed his hotel several times.
Following the star's death, Wiley decided to complete the piece, a large royal sprawl as majestic as the King's work himself. Choosing to paint Jackson at the peak of his career, the images shows a figure comfortable in his own body, confident behind a wall of armor atop a bowing horse. With bold blues and reds, and surrounded by heavenly cherubs, it's a portrait that would have made the King of Pop proud. Miami visitors, this is a must-see before it falls to the home of a private collector.
Original from Rubens (Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II) and Juan Bautista del Mazo (Felipe IV, a caballo or Portrait of Philip IV of Spain):
Artist Kehinde Wiley and Madonna in front of the painting:
Příběh obrazu: "Meditations" - The blue painting
Byly mezi nimi obrazy na témata klasických knih: "Alice in Wonderland", "The Corsairs" a "Peter Pan".
Michael byl naprosto fascinován jedním z těch obrazů, který se jmenoval "Meditations". Sám jej nazýval "The Blue Painting".
Je to malba ženy se zlatou aurou a listy padající pod její tmavé vlasy, která sedí v andělské pozici, a jejíž hlava spočívá na jejím koleni.
Michael Jackson o obrazu mluvil s kolegy Patricka Whelana. Naznačil jim, že mu připomíná Lisu Marii Presley. V knize J. Randyho Taraborrelliho "Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story" (Michael Jackson - The Magic and Madness) se na straně 730 píše:
Michael byl obrazem fascinován a, podle někoho jemu velmi blízkého, řekl: "Takhle si ve své mysli představuji Lisu. Vlastně, když o ní sním, vypadá takhle. Musím ten obraz mít."
"Láska Michaela Jacksona k umění navždy změnila naši malou galerii Laguna Beach art.
Patrick Whelan a já jsme byli loni na umělecké výstavě v Beverly Hills poctěni vzácným setkáním s panem Jacksonem a jeho dcerou Paris.
Šel se svou dcerou okolo našeho stánku a vybíral si obrazy inspirované známými knihami a nejrůznějšími uměleckými díly. Na seznamu byli například "Peter Pan" a "The Buccaneers" (The Corsairs). Ale nakonec to byla "Meditations", do které se skutečně zamiloval.
Později jsme zjistili, že tomu dílu říká "The Blue Painting", a že o něm mluví téměř každý den.
Patrick a já jsme mu umění dovezli domů dva týdny před tím, než zemřel.
Je nám ctí, že naše umění bylo nedávno připojeno ke sbírce Michela Jacksona, i když jen na krátkou dobu. Umění, pan Jackson a mapátné umění, které vytvořil, budou žít navždy! Jménem umělců Patrick Whelana a Galeriase Whelana bychom chtěli vyjádřit náš obrovský respekt paní Jacksonové a kondolence celé rodině i jeho skvělým zaměstancům.
Amber Henry, Director of Gallery / Owner
V taiwanských novinách vyšel o obrazu článek spolu se třemi fotografiemi Lisy Marie, které byly vyfoceny době, kdy byla s MJ. Dle stránky Presley Pride vyfotil fotografii Lisy s jejími dětmi Michael v Neverlandu. Podobnost fotografií s obrazem "The Meditations" je opravdu působivá.
Lisa Marie byla stále přítomná v Michaelově srdci. Je možné, že jí obraz plánoval ukázat nebo dát jako dar.
Zdá se, že Lisa Marie o obrazu ví. Alespoň to v roce 2010 řekl jeden z jejím přátel fanouškům.
V roce 2015 se Lisa zúčastnila "Elvis' death anniversary vigil" v oblečení a doplňcích, které byli podobné těm na obrazu.