This isn’t the first time that Craig Alan has pictorially tackled the visually resplendent subject of Norma Jean, and we doubt very much whether it will be the hugely exciting contemporary fine artist’s last foray into the unique projection of a visage which captured the hearts and minds of successive generations. But what (as is always the case) makes Alan’s compositional take on the enduringly-captivating hot topic that much interested – and multi-layered – is the underlying fact that Monroe’s portrait is cemented by the individual inclusion of individuals. The sum parts contributing to the mesmerising total.
‘Some Like it Hot’ appears like the ultimate dot-to-dot picture on first glance, albeit an unorthodox and visually challenging one at that. But up close and personal those dots aren’t actual dots at all, and the invite to the viewer isn’t to attempt to complete an unfinished pictorial symphony but rather to bask in the radiant knowledge that this hand-embellished boxed canvas requires no further personal detailing; merely the revelling in what confronts us all. Limited from the get-go to just 95 hand-signed editions, we’d implore all interested parties to speak now or forever hold their peace. Or words to that effect.