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Kadir Nelson, illustrator
John McClain, art director
Sony Music, client
“Initially, the king of pop himself asked me to paint his life story on canvas. However, shortly after our conversation, he became involved in a legal battle, and the project was stalled indefinitely. Years later, after he passed away, the coexecutor asked me to do the painting that Michael wanted. It took approximately six months of continuous work, followed by six more months of alterations and revisions. The King of Pop boasts 50 portraits of Michael Jackson, making numerous visual references to royalty and pop. Sony Music used The King of Pop on Jackson’s first posthumously released collection, Michael.”
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