Celebrity Icons Original Paintings by Sidney Maurer
SIDNEY MAURER Celebrity Icons ARTIST
For many years my favorite song was “La Vie on Rose” by Edith Piaf which simply means “always seeing the glass half full and life thru rose-colored glasses.” I enjoyed receiving a painting of this great singer by Sid Maurer. This artist has painted and loved over 150 of the world's celebrated icons. Many of the great 14th, 15th, and 16th-century painters like DaVinci and Michel Angelo has patrons. Without such patrons, they could not continue painting and share their vision.
Today the patrons of Sid Maurer are his dear friend and gallery manager and Allan. The toolbox of creative business, loyalty, and admiration for Sidney has been incredible when talented hands and minds unite. Having total faith in me has caused a new jewel to be born and to dazzle the life of our international agents and clients. Our impressions and immediate reaction to Sid Maurer’s paintings were "WOW.” I looked to my international audience and spoke glowingly about this man and the new frame icon that hung in the space of my mind.
I saw a successful future, exhibitions, and new portraits that would grace the private collection of the new celebrity world from Madonna to Julia Roberts to Justin Beaver (in naming a few). I would need to pace my ideas so that dearest Sid Maurer has time to digest and add to his collection, sports players, musicians, statements, heroes and heroines, etc. Sid Maurer’s paintings were done before, during, and after the passing of his eldest son Gary.
This most sensitive moment for Sid (and any parent) engrossed by his feelings of grief and joy while morning the loss of his son was absorbed in his incredible talent and expressed in his artwork. His art saved his life! In sharing his pain and creativity, he told me “you are a key to my dream and will bring my work to the world” “I am blessed.” We have shared memorable telephone interludes on how I do what I do, and Sid and Allan Rich’s accord with the simplest words, onward and upward.
Sid Maurer Bio
Sid Maurer is a man with many stories. His long career in the world of Art and Music began at seventeen when he was hired as an assistant art director at Columbia Records in New York City, where he spent weekends playing the trumpet in Jazz clubs for extra money. In the period that followed, the music business exploded, and Maurer worked designing album covers and promotional material for popular artists. His co-worker at the time: a young artist by the name of Andy Warhol. As Andy left to pursue a career in “serious” art, Maurer expanded his commercial art studio to tackle a wide range of projects for the music and film industries.
His position brought him into contact with a group of artists whose names are well-recognized today, from Pollack to Rauschenberg, and Maurer was strongly influenced by their work and ideas as he developed his own unique style of painting. Throughout the mid-sixties, Maurer continued his work for the music industry. He worked with famed British recording artist Donovan, developing album covers, poster designs, and even a film for Warner Brothers.
It was during this period that Maurer’s work as a painter first gained recognition, appearing in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris. In the early nineties, Maurer realized that the empire of music and art that he had helped to build left him little time to pursue his true passion: painting. He moved to Atlanta where he has lived ever since, developing a vast catalog of works and perfecting his personal style. In the last decade, his work has hung in a wide variety of venues, including the Georgia Capitol, the Carnegie Museum in Oxnard, California, and the U.C.L.A. campus.
His commissions include work for organizations like ESPN and Motorsport America magazine, as well as for individuals such as David Bowie, Boy George, and his old friend Donovan. His recent works vary widely in subject matter, addressing fascinatingly disparate elements within our culture. Maurer’s series “Vanishing Georgia”, made up of 30 paintings, depicts key events and periods in the history of his new southern home. He also celebrates the heroes of our culture in “Sports Legends”, as well as the personalities that entertain us in series such as“Movie Stars” and “Famous Musicians.”
As a painter, Maurer creates large mixed media pieces that are very much a product of his varied training and experience. His style combines bold, dynamic colors and strokes with painstaking layouts and typographical elements. The result is the unique blend of a painter’s passion tempered with the calculating compositional eye of a graphic designer. He explores his themes and subject matter primarily through symbols and personalities evoking pride, nostalgia, and hope.