The artist, D.E. Cayard, says he sold the canvas he's looking at, for $3500 to a visitor from Japan. He's sitting outside the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, a few days before the Michael Jackson memorial service in Los Angeles. Cayard said he was on TV three different times Saturday talking about his tribute to Jackson. And since he didn't size me up as much competition in terms of copying his style, he urged me to take as many photos as I wanted. Some artists are very sensitive about people snapping pictures of their works - fearing cheap knockoffs or blown-up versions of their creations ending up on a wall at a fraction of buying the real thing.
These other artistic tributes to Jackson were done in a more impromptu - but no less impressive -way on the condolence wall outside of the Apollo. It's amazing to me how someone can capture the essence of a person with some simple lines on a blank sheet. I think the worldwide TV viewing audience for the Jackson memorial will be in the billions.