ICON MAGAZINE JUNE 2013

ICON MAGAZINE JUNE 2013

ICON MAGAZINE JUNE 2013

THE STORY

This write up on my 20 year retrospective collective at Trust in Philadelphia was featured in the City Beat section of ICON MAGAZINE June 2013.  The article was written by celebrated writer THOM NICKELS, who raised the question, “Is Philly pop artist Perry Milou the next Andy Warhol?”

Milou, who is the son of groundbreaking Philly restaurateur Neil Stein, was raised in the glitz and glamour of fine detailed dining venues, though the author resolved to overlook the “privileged son” angle because “starving is no passport to genius.”  Truer words have never been spoken!  Get to know the artist.

The writer joined “Hundreds of Milou fans at an all out Pop and Wham bash that included  a PAWS dog on a leash with an “Adopt me ” sign. The sock it to you audacity of Milou’s art brought us face to face with a huge Liz Taylor … a heavily bejeweled  Marilyn Monroe, a strikingly beautiful Frida Kahlo; a remarkable full faced (and very distressed  looking) Geronimo, as well as a few large iconic portraits of  TV’s  “The Sopranos”The Leroy Neiman-like sports paintings caught us off guard, as did the kitschy, but powerful, “Yo Philly” Rocky icon portraits. Milou, who really isn’t a talkative type, made the rounds, alternating between the first floor and the balcony exhibition area before we caught up with him at the lower level bar. ”We like the beautiful Saint Mark’s Venice paintings” we said, referring to a large, golden, sun-drenched impressionistic  image of the cathedral that seems to bleed  off the canvas.  At the end of the evening … we recalled the times we’d spot Milou painting outdoors scenes with Philly artist Charles Cushing.”

THE CONCLUSION: ICON MAGAZINE JUNE 2013

“In those days , the word was that Milou ‘was just learning’.   What a difference 20 years- and emboldened tenacity  makes!”

 

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