Onboard the Norwegian Gem cruise ship, Park West Gallery Auctioneer Katerina Dudanova and Park West artist Allison Lefcort recently had the opportunity to work with the Melissa Etheridge [...]
Dubbed “The Princess of Pop,” Allison Lefcort has been recognized by the art world as the “heir apparent” to the Pop Art throne. Not since Andy Warhol has one single artist made such a global impact on Pop Art. Lefcort has been named an “Artist to Watch” by Art Business News and has painted for The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers, MTV, VH1, The Grammys, and Playboy. Her work has additionally been featured on such hit shows as The Girls Next Door, The Apprentice, and The Today Show.
“A bit of a star-gazer” is how the artist describes herself. Painting since early childhood, Lefcort has never lost sight of the stars. Starting with her first exhibition in The Greenwich Village Art Gallery in New York City at the age of seventeen, Lefcort’s work has been displayed in museums and fine art galleries around the world.
By the age of twenty six, Lefcort had already become widely collected and recognized for her unique style of painting. In 1996, Lefcort was commissioned to create a portrait of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Secretary Clinton was presented this portrait during the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee.
Lefcort was also commissioned to paint a portrait of their Royal Highnesses, the King and Queen of Jordan. That same portrait of the late King Hussein was featured in an interview with Queen Noor conducted by Katie Couric on The Today Show.
Also in the 1990s, Lefcort began long associations with The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Studios, each of whom granted her the rights to paint their iconic characters in her own interpretive style. She now brings the bold simplicity of her Pop art to some of the most beloved Disney and Warner Bros. characters in history.
In addition, Lefcort has painted the recipients of The Grammys’ annual Humanitarian Award, including Sting, Phil Collins, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole, Luciano Pavarotti, Gloria Estefan, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, and Stevie Wonder. These portraits currently hang in the offices of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles.
Lefcort’s paintings also are part of the permanent collections of The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios Orlando, Warner Brothers Studios, Viacom’s MTV and VH1, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, Her Royal Highness Queen Noor of Jordan, Hugh Hefner, Dionne Warwick, Tears for Fears, Ronnie Spector, The Indigo Girls, Liza Minelli, and the Warhol Family.
Throughout the years, Lefcort has been a strong supporter of global charitable organizations, including Best Buddies, MusiCares, Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation, Seeds of Peace, United Cerebral Palsy, GLAAD, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation.
In her own words, Lefcort explains her inspiration by saying, “My art has been greatly influenced by the boldness of Andy Warhol and the simplicity of Keith Haring. That boldness and simplicity are the keys to unlocking the imagery. The vibrant colors of the background set the tone, as the shapes and shadows bring the portrayal to life.”