Iconic film stars are so inextricably linked to their milieu, it's hard to imagine what happens when the cameras stop rolling and cars stop exploding. For artistic musings on these seminal figures, check out Brandon Bird.
A trained oil painter, the CA-based Bird realized in 2000 that he wanted to pursue "real art", which translated into museum-quality depictions of screen legends working/playing/wandering among the mythical fields of the dead. Seven years later, he's created masterpieces like "No One Wants to Play Sega With Harrison Ford" and "The Last Supper" (Leonardo's masterpiece with James Woods subbed in for everyone except Judas, who's been replaced by Robocop -- apparently, "Obey Jesus" was not among his Prime Directives). Bird's works're available in prints of varying sizes; you can also get t-shirts, postcards, and a set of Law & Order SVU-themed Valentine's Cards, which combine the running themes of your own love life: especially heinous sexually-based offenses, and Christopher Meloni.
A sign of Bird's influence is the not-for-sale "Norton Anthology", a 22-piece, 22-artist Ed Norton collaboration that includes Norton's own "Norton's Dreamhouse" -- because after getting socked in the nose by Brad Pitt, the only thing an actor of this caliber yearns for is a leopard-skin-upholstered shoebox.
Published: December 17, 2007 at 4:00am EST
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