Taylor Swift Gets a Colorful Tribute on Canvas
A beautiful portrait of Taylor Swift was painted by renowned pop artist Peter Max and used for the cover of an accompanying article in a recent edition of Florida's Tampa Tribune. The 72-year-old artist was in Tampa for a gallery exhibit at the same time Taylor was performing and offered to do the cover for the newspaper.
When told of the painting, Taylor was thrilled, because she's a longtime fan of the legendary artist. "When I was growing up, my family spent our summers in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, and I remember there was this art gallery on 96th Street," the 20-year-old explains. "I used to walk past it and stop in my tracks whenever there was a Peter Max painting on display -- I think I was 8 or 9 the first time I saw one of his paintings. The colors were so vibrant and beautiful! His art is like another world to me, and I can't even explain how much it means to me that he did my portrait."
Taylor even went so far as to pick the photo the artist would use to do his rendering -- she chose the cover of her album 'Fearless.' People in the Los Angeles area March 27 and 28 will be able to take a look at the portrait in person, as Peter will have an exhibit at the Road Show Gallery on Rodeo Drive, which will also feature his Masters of Expressionism collection, including paintings of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Picasso, among others.
Despite recent published reports, there are no plans for the portrait to be sold. In fact, plans call for Peter Max to give the painting to the singer.
Taylor takes her Fearless 2010 tour to Detroit for a two-night stand beginning March 26.