Scottish artist Graham McKean created a 3ft x 4ft oil painting of Michael inspired by ‘Thriller’, following Michael’s death on June 25th.
The ‘Thriller’ painting will be unveiled today before it is auctioned and shows Michael surrounded by demons in a churchyard.
McKean said of the painting; “For this work I wanted to get Michael Jackson at the peak of his career, which was undoubtedly the Thriller period in the early eighties.
This was a turning point for the star and as I was painting the characters the picture began to evolve into a metaphor for his life and career, with the demons reflecting the darker side of his life.”
It is expected the painting will fetch £10,000 when auctioned.
A spokesman for the auctioneers said that the original sketch for the artwork will also be sold at auction later this year with the proceeds donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The painting will go on sale at McTear’s Auctioneers’ Contemporary Art Auction in Glasgow on August 18th, 2009.
Source: Telegraph & MJWN
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