Michael Jackson, 1985/2011, Dawn Mellor

This print comes from Michael Jackson and Other Men - a book containing Dawn Mellor’s teenage sketches of celebrities from the 1980s. Before the Michael Jackson drawings Mellor says she drew hundreds of Disney characters in felt-tip, while Madonna was another favourite subject. In this early work we can see the roots of Mellor’s fascination with pop culture and how observing a subject so closely can lead to greater self-realisation.

Hanging in High Road House, Soho House Chicago and Shoreditch House

Lithograph on paper. Signed and numbered, edition of 150

Size unframed: 43 x 26.5cm

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About the artist

Born in Manchester in 1970, artist Dawn Mellor is best known for her portraits of celebrities in various tortured guises – Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly as a coffee-clutching zombie in pearls, Morrissey impaled by paintbrushes. Her intention isn’t to satirise celebrity, but rather the insatiable appetites of obsessive fans and toxic bloggers. Mellor studied at the Royal College of Art and won second prize in the prestigious BP Portrait Prize with her painting of a young Jilly Cooper, which led to her first solo show at London’s Mall Galleries. Her work is celebrated for its dark humour and uncompromising approach to deconstructing fame, gender and sexuality.

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Our art is framed using conservation-grade materials and techniques at Frame London. Led by Harry Burden, the team at Frame London specialise in bespoke wooden frames which are designed to protect and preserve the artwork in its original condition. The artworks in the Soho Home collection have been framed in a thin black or white frame to allow them to do the talking.

Size unframed: 43 x 26.5cm

Lithograph on paper. Signed and numbered, edition of 150

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Artist Profile: Dawn Mellor

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