Iconic man in iconic images

IMAGES of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll as depicted by one of the artists at the forefront of the Pop Art movement are on display at a new exhibition at a Leamington gallery.

Peter Mars’ Elvis Collection, which has arrived at Castle Galleries to mark what would have been the musician’s 75th birthday, consists of four signed limited edition prints which combine a fascinating Warholesque influence with Mars’s unique, punchy style.

Entitled with phrases taken from the iconic Presley song A Little Less Conversation, the prints are available to buy, with prices starting at £499.

Mars, who has been creating Pop Art works for the past 20 years, became captivated by the media phenomenon of Elvis Presley and began exploring Elvis imagery, text and photography, combining these elements into his unique artistic vision.

This imagery caught the attention of Priscilla Presley and Elvis Presley Enterprises, who gave him unrivalled access to iconic photographs of Elvis and a selection of private photographs from their archives.

Mars said: “If I had only Elvis to work on for the rest of my career, he would fill my days.

“His legacy is daunting.

“If you look at the collaborations between Warhol and Basquiat, you will understand what my art is about.

“In the mid-to-late 80s, with the death of these two leaders, I felt this was my place. I was coming up right behind them and I would start at the end of their trail. This was and is Pop Art.”

The works are on display at Castle Galleries branches in Regent Street, Leamington, and in Bards Walk, Stratford, until mid-February.

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