When it comes to icons, one need only look as far as Marilyn Monroe. Born Norma Jean Mortenson, she began her career as model which led to a movie contract in 1946. Her early performances were minor, but nevertheless, well received. In 1953 she graduated to headliner and starred in such classics as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Unhappy being typecast as the dumb blonde, Monroe studied at the legendary Actors Studio. Monroe’s education paid off as her performance in Bus Stop (1956) was a critical success.
Her untimely and controversial death in August of 1962 left the world stunned, but elevated her star to pop culture icon and since that tragic day, Monroe has become a muse for many painters and artists. Here is a sample of some prints & posters of the late starlet.
Andy Warhol painted a variety of interpretations of the actress Marilyn Monroe after she committed suicide in 1962.
One of nine celebrity portraits, Michael T. Bane takes a cartoonish slant on the iconic starlet.
UK based artist, Paul Baines, creates his celebrity art work with a sense of irony
Only one of three celebrity portraits, Vladimir Gorsky, relies on vibrant colors with surrealistic overtones to capture his subjects.
While Renato Casaro is known best for his animals portraits, here he captures Marilyn in a seductive pose.
Watercolor is used in this portrait of Ms. Monroe as are many portraits by Neal Turner
Known for distorting his subjects, Costin Craio paints Marilyn with vibrant and somewhat alarming colors.
Photographer, illustrator, and digital artist, Jason Mezera gives us a pop photo of Monroe done in Photoshop and custom brushes.
While she rarely does celebrity portraits, artist Julie Ueland uses black and white to enhance one of the screen actress’s most famous scenes.
Using clean and simple lines, Margaret Loftin Whiting creates bold images which are easily recognizable.
Using soft tones, artist Jerry Bacik creates a vulnerable portrait of the troubled star.
Fine art photographer, Elea McKee offers up this collage of classic photos of the late starlet.
Known for his character takes on celebs, Juan Ignacio Fichetti takes Monroe and adds humor.