Elvis in Art:

The EIN Archives


While many fans enjoy Elvis simply for his music, his appeal is in fact much broader than that. Elvis is one of our most recognisable socio-cultural icons.......his name, image and likeness appearing far more often in everday life and the mass media than it does in the music media.

One aspect of Elvis' socio-cultural appeal is artworks devoted to him. While the "Velvet Elvis" icon, Thomas Kincade painting of Graceland and works of artists like Nate Giorgio (Elvis collector plates) are well known, there are many other artistic bodies of work celebrating his life and times.

Over the years, EIN has presented a number of articles and interviews about Elvis art:


Elvis' cultural influence highlighted by Midsumma Exhibition artwork: The gunslinger pose of Elvis in Flaming Star was imortalised by Andy Warhol in a series of iconic images now showing in various art museums around the world. That Elvis transcends artistic media and culture is again signified by the following archival image and story sent to EIN recently.

I have been blown away by a Midsumma exhibition… which is a statement in itself. Gayme at the Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, is perhaps one of the most significant curated Midsumma shows I have seen in a long time in terms of the daring, innovative curatorial content and the quality of artworks on display. (https://artsdiary365.wordpress.com/tag/aboriginal/, 2010)

The second room of the exhibition displays photographs by Dianne Jones and Gary Lee, both of whom are breaking traditional gendered stereotypes of indigenous men and women. In her near-life-size photographs, Dianne Jones seemingly effortlessly re-imagines herself as an American preacher, Elvis, Audrey, or the Fonz.

She boldly explores her androgyneity to convincingly transform herself into characters of either gender without the recourse to the Sherman-style facial prosthetics. While the photographs are good quality works of art in their own right (in terms of the composition and technical attributes), this is perhaps the first time an attention has been focused on the America-centric, Hollywood influence of Anglo, Italian, and Hispanic stereotypes on the indigenous (or urban indigenous) culture. Gary Lee continues Jones’s breaking with the stereotypes in his sexualised and homo-eroticised photographs of indigenous and pan-Asian youths. If Brooke Andrew has explored in his Sexy and Dangerous series the objectification of the indigenous male within the context of anthropological photography, this is perhaps the first time that an Aboriginal male has been openly viewed as a contemporary pin-up, let alone a gay pin-up model. (News, Source: Amber Smith)

Visit EIN's "Elvis in Art" archives...........

including a narrative-visual article on Andy Warhol's Elvis imagery

New Betty Harper "Elvis" artworks: Hundreds of artists worldwide find their inspiration in Elvis for the creation of their artwork. Among the most famous, we know Joe Petruccio and Betty Harper. Their work is used very often on official Elvis merchandise. Betty has just published a series of new artworks on her website. You can take a look at these stunning creations here (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Read EIN's interview with Betty Harper

Click to view: "Elvis Pencil Sketch" by Harry Magruder

Now on eBay - THE VIRGIN ELVIS: One of the more unusual Elvis art items we've seen.

New Mexican Retablo influenced art from W.D. HARDEN. Made from recycled sheet metal, bottle caps, vintage cigar boxes, glass "gems", punched metal flashing & plywood. ( Source: eBay, 19 Nov 2008)

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