If Everything is Simply Jake

When you don’t have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it’s sex. When you have both, it’s health. If everything is simply jake, then you’re frightened of death.

Marilyn Monroe

 
 

Movie still from The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder, 1955)

 
 

_in100Marilyn Monroe Paperbag Death, Sebastian Kruger, 2006

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Don’t Forget to Put Roses

“..You can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won’t forget to put roses on your grave…”

Dead Flowers

Track number 7 on the album Sticky Fingers. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

 
 

Mick Jagger, Photo by Annie Leibovitz, Buffalo, New York, 1975.

 
 

Illustration by Sebastian Krüger

The Ideal of New Pop Art

 
 

Sebastian Krüger was born June 30, 1963 in Hamelin, Germany. After studying free painting with Prof. Dörfler at the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts, he made a stunning reputation as the designer of a number of cover spreads for the press in Germany and abroad and as an illustrator and creative designer of various LP covers.

He then stepped away from commercial work and devoted himself solely to free painting. In recent years, he has aesthetically moved away from a stylistic “star caricaturist” to New Pop Realism, pushing his rendered subjects into a psychological arena. His artistic visions are treasured and collected by other stars of the pop scene, like The Rolling Stones, who are friends of his, and by art connoisseurs all over the world.

In the quarter century of his creative career, Krüger has remained true to the ideal of New Pop Art, dedicating his art to a kind of game o deception, the interplay of identity and portraiture, of authenticity and fiction. This has enabled him to establish himself as a popular painter whose works draw large numbers of visitors to the galleries and museums. The defining feature of his work is the creative reflection about the apparatus of media presentation and the manic iconography of contemporary picture production.