AMERICAN ICONS ART SERIES BY BOB KESSEL

American Icons art series by Bob Kessel

icons-miles davis-kind-of-blue-triangles-bobkesselKIND OF BLUE TRIANGLES (Miles Davis) by Bob Kessel

silver-marilyn-by-bobkesselSILVER MARILYN MONROE  by Bob Kessel

CHARLES BUKOWSKI (Sadder Budweiser) by Bob Kessel

icons-elvis-by-bobkesselFAT LINES, SKINNY ELVIS by Bob Kessel

MARLON BRANDO (The Wild One) by Bob Kessel
Marlon Brando, pictured here in motorcycle hat and jacket
in the 1950’s movie , “THE WILD ONE”.
Brando is the leader of a motorcycle gang.
An old man asks him,  “Where are you going?”
Brando replies, “Going somewhere is for squares. We just go.”

icons-muhammad-ali-by-bobkesselMUHAMMAD ALI (Standing over Sonny) by Bob Kessel

seven year itch by bobkesselSILVER SEVEN YEAR ITCH (Marilyn Monroe) by Bob Kessel

icons-barbie-and-ken-bob-kesselBARBIE AND KEN by Bob Kessel

black-velvet-the-duke-bobkesselJOHN WAYNE (THE DUKE) ON BLACK VELVET by Bob Kessel

icons-kennedy-bob-kesselJFK: PROFILES IN CHIAROSCURO by Bob Kessel

washington-lincoln-gray-bob-kesselWASHINGTON AND LINCOLN by Bob Kessel

icons-jefferson-bob-kesselTHOMAS JEFFERSON AT MONTICELLO by Bob Kessel

icons-ben-franklin-bob-kesselBENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND THE LIBERTY BELL by Bob Kessel

icons-lady-liberty-bob-kesselLADY LIBERTY AND AMERICAN EAGLE by Bob Kessel

icons-indianhead-buffalo-gray-bob-kesselINDIAN HEAD AND BUFFALO by Bob Kessel

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SILVER SCREEN SIRENS

SILVER SCREEN SIRENS a new art series by BOB KESSEL is a set of limited edition original fine art silkscreen prints printed by Axelle Editions in New York City.

The prints are all 34” x 34” inches square on 100% cotton Coventry Rag archival quality paper.
The inks are metallic silver, light silver, dark silver, yellow, and glossy black enamel.
Each print uses a different combination of colors to create unique looks yet all appear part of the same series.
At first the art may seem to be pure nonrepresentational abstraction but upon closer inspection
you will see that they are pictures of Hollywood film stars.

Marilyn Monroe in “The Seven Year Itch” is immortalized in one of the prints as is Jane Russell in “The Outlaw”.
Also used as inspiration are pin-ups, cheesecake pictures, swimsuit models, magazine cover actresses, and tight sweater girls.
Photos that inspired the art are placed next to each print to aid the viewer.

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SILVER SCREEN SIRENS a new art series by Bob Kessel

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Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch.

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SILVER SEVEN YEAR ITCH by Bob Kessel
Screen print in colors 34″ x 34″ inches by Axelle Editions

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Marilyn Monroe portrait

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SILVER MARILYN by Bob Kessel
Screen print in colors 34″ x 34″ inches by Axelle Editions

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MARILYN-BEACH

Marilyn Monroe at the beach

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SILVER GIRL by Bob Kessel
Screen print in colors 34″ x 34″ inches by Axelle Editions

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STARLET

Diana Dors cheesecake photo

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SILVER STARLET by Bob Kessel
Screen print in colors 34″ x 34″ inches by Axelle Editions

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Silver Screen magazine cover of Jane Russell

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SILVER COVERGIRL by Bob Kessel
Screen print in colors 34″ x 34″ inches by Axelle Editions

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Jane Russell in The Outlaw

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SILVER OUTLAW by Bob Kessel
Screen print in colors 34″ x 34″ inches by Axelle Editions

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Anita Ekberg in a swimsuit

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SILVER SWIMSUIT by Bob Kessel
Screen print in colors 34″ x 34″ inches by Axelle Editions

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Tempest Blaze in a tight sweater

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SILVER TIGHT SWEATER by Bob Kessel
Screen print in colors 34″ x 34″ inches by Axelle Editions

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All Bob Kessel’s SILVER SCREEN SIRENS prints made at Axelle Editions, NYC

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Bob Kessel’s SILVER SEVEN YEAR ITCH print with one color at Axelle Editions

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Bob Kessel’s SILVER SEVEN YEAR ITCH print checking registration at Axelle Editions

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Bob Kessel’s SILVER SEVEN YEAR ITCH print with second color at Axelle Editions

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A special thank you to Master Printer Luther Davis and all the printers that worked on
Bob Kessel’s “SILVER SCREEN SIRENS” art series at Axelle editions in New York City.

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A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.
– Lana Turner

My father warned me about men and booze, but he never mentioned a word about women and cocaine.
– Tallulah Bankhead

Publicity can be terrible. But only if you don’t have any.
– Jane Russell

It was I who made Fellini famous, not the other way around.
– Anita Ekberg

What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.
– Marilyn Monroe

Darling, the legs aren’t so beautiful, I just know what to do with them.
– Marlene Dietrich

I’ve been in more laps than a napkin.
– Mae West

Actors work and slave and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end.
– Helen Hayes

It is possible that blondes also prefer gentlemen.
– Mamie Van Doren

Men are creatures with two legs and eight hands.
– Jayne Mansfield

WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN by Bob Kessel

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WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN by Bob Kessel

Presidents’ Day or George Washington’s Birthday, is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February.
To celebrate, I am posting the print WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN and its variations from the Bob Kessel art series AMERICAN ICONS.

Bob Kessel’s art series “AMERICAN ICONS” features pictures of American presidents and historical figures like “WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN” shown above.
These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN  (GREEN LINE) by Bob Kessel

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WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN  (RED LINE) by Bob Kessel

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WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN  (BLUE LINE) by Bob Kessel

CAPTAIN AMERICA by Bob Kessel

“Captain America: The First Avenger” will soon appear in a major motion picture directed by Joe Johnston and starring Chris Evans. It is time to look back at the original comic book. The character, created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 in March 1941, before America had entered the war in Europe. The cover shows Captain America punching Adolf Hitler in the jaw. The comic book was so popular that it sold over one million copies.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA COMIC #1

POW! right in der furher’s face!
CAPTAIN AMERICA and his young ally BUCKY

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER 2011 MOVIE POSTER

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Not to be confused with the 1976 Captain America movie

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Bob Kessel’s art series “POP UNINTENTIONAL” features pictures based on comic book characters. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition original fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

CAPTAIN AMERICA fine art print 36″ x 36″ by Bob Kessel

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See more Bob Kessel super hero art on Pop Unintentional page.

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Captain America was not the only patriotic superhero. They came in all kinds of shapes and sizes-

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THE SHIELD

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U.S. JONES in Death Over The Airways

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V-MAN The Horror of the Dungeons!

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THE STAR-SPANGLED KID & STRIPESY America’s Comrades in Combat

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CAPTAIN FREEDOM

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FIGHTING AMERICAN and his sidekick SPEEDBOY the wonder kid

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LIBERTY BELLE The All American Girl

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WAR EAGLE

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AIRMALE and Stampy!

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FLAGMAN and Rusty!

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MARILYN MONROE by Bob Kessel

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MARILYN MONROE (The 7 Year Itch) by Bob Kessel

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Marilyn Monroe publicity photo for The Seven Year Itch

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Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson on  June 1, 1926. In September 1954, Monroe filmed one of the key scenes for The Seven Year Itch in New York City. In it, she stands with her co-star, Tom Ewell, while the air from a subway grating blows her skirt up.

Bob Kessel’s picture of Marilyn Monroe is from the movie “The Seven Year Itch”. This print is available as a limited edition original fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

Quotes by Marilyn Monroe;

“I want to grow old without face-lifts…I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you’d never complete your life, would you? You’d never wholly know yourself.”

“With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else’s ideas about you, but what’s important is how you feel about yourself -for survival and living day to day with what comes up.”

“I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.”

“Fame is fickle and I know it. It has its compensations, but it also has its drawbacks and I’ve experienced them both.”

“No-one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren’t.”

“My illusions didn’t have anything to do with being a fine actress. I knew how third rate I was. I could actually feel my lack of talent, as if it were cheap clothes I was wearing inside. But, my God, how I wanted to learn, to change, to improve!”

“Only the public can make a star. It’s the studios who try to make a system out of it.”

“If I play a stupid girl and ask a stupid question I’ve got to follow it through. What am I supposed to do -look intelligent?”

Bob Kessel’s American Icons art series also includes Muhammad Ali, Miles Davis, Charles Bukowski, Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley, John F Kennedy and many more.