“Heartbreak Hotel” Elvis Presley – Silver by Louis Sidoli
About this piece: This neon edition of 5 is based on the Elvis de-mob mugshot that was taken shortly before he was discharged from the US army on March 5th 1960. In the portrait, Elvis appears to be holding the type of neon sign that you would find at a hotel or motel, which references one of his greatest hits “Heartbreak Hotel”. The iconic single was the first release on his new record label RCA Victor on January 27, 1956 and topped the US charts for 7 weeks.
By 1956 Elvis was already a global superstar, but like all young American men at that time he was required to do National Service. Although he was offered the chance to enlist in special services to entertain troops, he chose to serve as a regular soldier, which earned him respect in the public eye. He started his active duty on 24th March 1958 and after training at Fort Hood, he was then based in West Germany. In this neon portrait, Elvis appears to be holding the type of neon sign that you would find at a hotel or motel, which references one of his greatest hits ‘“Heartbreak Hotel”. This piece is also available in Blue.
Louis’ Neon Art & Originals: Artist Statement:
“I was the first artist to combine portraiture with neon art. The inspiration came from both Andy Warhol’s 1970’s / 80’s ‘celebrity portraits’ and the work of neon artists such as Dan Flavin, Tracey Emin and Chris Bracey”.
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