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Grace KellyKarl Soderlund 80H X 60W
A movie star that became a legend in a period of a few years and left it all behind to become the Princess of Monaco. Grace Kelly grew up in Philadelphia and against her family wishes in 1950, at the age of twenty, she left to New York to begin theater and television. In 1953 Grace had her first role in a movie and won a golden globe in addition to an Oscar nomination. In the next three years Grace Kelly performed in over ten major motion pictures with almost every top actor in the industry and won every award including an Oscar. In 1956 she retired at the age of twenty-six. Grace Kelly first met Prince Rainier III while attending the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. A photo shoot was held at the Palace of Monaco but Grace was not impressed with the Prince as he was very late to the shoot. Later that year Prince Rainier III made a trip to the United States which was rumored to be a search for a wife. This was serious business for the Prince of Monaco and for his country, as finding a queen and producing an air to the throne was paramount to the existence of his kingdom. While Rainier had kept up a correspondence with Grace Kelly over the past year he now met her family and after three days he proposed. The press called this the "wedding of the century" and it did not come without a price. Fortunately, Grace Kelly's parents were very successful as Grace and her family had to pay a dowry of 2 million dollars, in April 1956 the wedding entourage, including her poodle, traveled via boat to Monaco. Over 20,000 people lined the streets for her arrival and over 30 million people watched the wedding on live TV. A Who's Who was on the 700 person guest list. While Grace Kelly never acted again, she did focus her energy to her children and to her charities; The Princess Grace Foundation for the arts and the AMADE (a Monaco-based non-profit organization for the protection of children) that is now recognized by the UN. In my paintings the subjects are iconic in who they are or what they represent. However, the real story is what is revealed within the painting. I use representational symbols to create scenes within paintings to tell the story of the subject. Like a puzzle, the closer you look, the more symbols you will find.
Rocky Creek BridgeKarl Soderlund 44H X 60W
In “Big Sur” land and sea meet at one of the most spectacular bridges in California. Painting about the California Coast made up of representational symbols. In my paintings the subjects are iconic in who they are or what they represent. However, the real story is what is revealed within the painting. I use representational symbols to create scenes within paintings to tell the story of the subject. Like a puzzle, the closer you look, the more symbols you will find.
Jackie OKarl Soderlund 56H X 56W
Nicknamed "Jackie O" by what became known as the paparazzi, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis became one of the most photographed woman in history.
Her notoriety began early when she was dubbed as "Debutante of the year". Later while serving as First Lady she became a fashion icon, wearing clothing by Oleg Cassini, Chanel, Givenchy and Dior. Her style and class soon became known as the "Jackie Look". Many images from her pill box hat, pearl necklace and her large round sunglasses are a legacy that is still with us today. The background symbols in this painting are well known photographed images of the "Jackie Look".
Jacqueline Kennedy became very involved in art, culture and historic preservation for the rest of her life. She led the charge in the White House restoration and curation of the art collection. She would even receive an Emmy for her televised tour of the newly refurbished White House. Later in life Jackie became very involved as a preservationist as she help preserve the Grand Central Terminal in NYC and Lafayette Square across from the White House. Today the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis medal is given to preservationists.
As first lady, Jackie was well respected and added a sense of class and style to the White House and it's image around the world. In many ways she was more popular then the president, as John F. Kennedy said, "I am the man that accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris - and I have enjoyed it".
After mourning both John and Robert Kennedy's death, Jackie was trying to escape the media attention and provide safety for her children. She married Aristotle Onassis who was able to offer this privacy for her family. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis later lived in NYC and also worked as an editor for a book publisher until her death.
In 2001 the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited a collection of Jacqueline Kennedy's wardrobe from the White House Years. The exhibit was a huge success. In my paintings the subjects are iconic in who they are or what they represent. However, the real story is what is revealed within the painting. I use representational symbols to create scenes within paintings to tell the story of the subject. Like a puzzle, the closer you look, the more symbols you will find.