Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Elvis is Everywhere!
Speaking of Elvis, I want to mention how much I love Kata Billups' Elvis paintings. I stumbled across her website while doing a research paper on Georgia's own Joni Mabe: Elvis Babe.
Unlike Mabe, Kata Billups' Elvis paintings aren't entirely shrines to the King. She works a hint of sarcastic commentary into her paintings: calling attention to retro sexism and the dark side of fame, while dazzling us with the mid-century Americana and kitsch we're all crazy for.
Sadly, I doubt I'll be able to afford an original Kata Billups painting(some of which have sold to the likes of Julia Roberts, Bon Jovi, R.E.M., and various country music stars). Prints of the original paintings are available at a lower price though, on ebay and her website. This way we can all take a little bit of Elvis home.