Anyone who grew up during the 70s and 80s is familiar with the song “Beth” which was written by guitarist Stan Penridge and sung by KISS original drummer, Peter Criss. The song, to which many of my peers slow-danced in school gyms, has been featured or sung on GLEE, American Idol and in numerous movies. We often speculated as to who this “Beth” actually was – and apparently we were not the only ones. Read more
Pop Culture artist Ron English has long incorporated pop culture icons into paintings from well-known artists like Picasso, Manet and Warhol.
His “Secret History of KISS” continues the tradition by applying the famous face make up worn by Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss of the rock band KISS onto the faces of maidens and Madonnas in the well-known paintings of the Old Masters.
These were exhibited as “The Secret History of Kiss” at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco:
Apples and Oranges:
Frehley With fruit:
Here Comes The Son:
Kissed By An Angel:
Lady In Waiting:
Peter and Paul:
The Great Paint Baptism:
Kiss The Bride:
Kiss The Bride (detail):
These lesser seen images, below, were on exhibit in 2007 at Basel Miami Beach, courtesy the Shooting Gallery: