Many people were aware that celebrated singer and performer Michael Jackson also enjoyed painting, drawing and sketching. I have also written about it previously (See the links below). However, until just recently, few people knew about Michael Jackson’s large art studio in an airport hanger in Santa Monica, California. According to LA Weekly, the collection is currently owned by Brett-Livingstone Strong, an Australian monument builder and Jackson’s art mentor, in conjunction with the Jackson estate. Strong says that he and Jackson formed an incorporated business partnership in 1989, known as the Jackson-Strong alliance, that gave each partner a fifty-percent stake in the other’s art.
Michael Jackson began creating art as a child. One of the items in the studio is a photograph of Jackson as a child holding one of his paintings. Keys, chairs, gates and the number 7, are common themes in Michael Jackson’s artwork. The number 7 because he was the seventh child in his family.
Earlier this month Brett-Livingstone Strong, along with Michael Jackson’s family, donated a dozen pieces of Jackson’s artwork to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Strong says that the full collection of more than 150 pieces of art created by Michael Jackson will eventually go on display.
KCAL9 takes a tour of the studio in the video below.
See more images of Michael Jackson’s artwork at MichaelJacksonArt.com.
Related blog entries:
Drawings, Paintings, and Sketches by Michael Jackson up for Auction (October 24, 2009)
Original Artwork by Michael Jackson up for Auction (June 14, 2009)
Visit the Pop Life Art home page for links to the artwork of more than 100 actors, singers, and musicians.