My S.O. has a velvet Elvis he’d like to sell. His mother brought it home from donations to their church tag sale. She thought being musicians we’d like it, and it is the King of Rock -n- Roll, but we’d rather see the painting go to an appreciative home.
The velvet Elvis craze began in the late 1960’s and 1970’s, and Mexican kitsch artist David Ortiz was prolific not only with Elvis paintings, but also known for clowns, and animals, on velvet, usually in a decorative wood frame.
Many other kitsch artists in Tijuana copied Ortiz, and there was a glut of ‘VElvis’ paintings, which have become collectibles today.
Every time I pass by the painting, I remember how adored Elvis was when I was a kid, and I never understood his appeal until I was older. I enjoyed films like, Jail House Rock, and I was in a staged version of, King Creole, several years ago with, Travis LeDoyt, an uncanny Elvis tribute artist, who tours around the world bringing mostly Elvis’ early career to audiences young and young-at-heart alike.
Regardless of how much VElvis’ are disparaged by ‘serious’ art critics, they have endured, and increased in value, even if only for sentimental, kitsch, and niche collectors.
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