When Marilyn Met Mr. Controversial

London-based artist Mr. Controversial uses vintage pulp imagery in his oil paintings, paired with provocative captions. His latest work, ‘Deal With the Devil,’ uses a shot from Bert Stern’s 1962 Vogue sitting with Marilyn – more info here.

“I spent some time illustrating and silkscreen printing a lesser known image of Marilyn Monroe in my pulp fiction style. I’ve been playing around with Silkscreen printing for the past few months and managed to create this new piece which has opened up some creative opportunities to explore for my next collections.

This piece ‘I MADE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL AND I LOST’ explores the relationship between celebrity and death … When you become famous you’re signing a deal with the devil, some win but you ultimately lose.

It’s an edition of 36 silkscreen prints to mark the passing of Monroe at the early age of 36.”

Marilyn with pearls (Bert Stern, 1962)