John Waters

21 September 2012

John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer and visual artist. Growing up in Baltimore, he was not an average child. With using his friends as actors in his earliest cast he began making 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-‘60s. Soon his films were shown in small venues. As his filmmaking got more polished and his subject matter more violent and shocking, his audience grew bigger and he began to get recognition. His first success came with the movie Pink Flamingos (1972), in which he included an infamous dog-shit eating scene! Waters rose to fame in the early 1970s with more of these transgressive cult films by using his typical humoristic, vulgarly style and a lot of shock value. Critics have awarded him with sinister titles like: “ The Baron of Bad Taste, “ or “The Sultan of Sleaze.” Waters prefers the title: “The Pope of Trash.” Some of Waters’ best-known films are Hairspray (1988), featuring John Travolta, and Cry Baby (1990), with Johnny Depp. But alongside his film career Waters has established a name in the contemporary art world as a visual artist. His pieces are exhilarating, rousing, provocative and humoristic. Like with his movies, his visual art work remains controversial; it is hated and admired alike. One of his famous works, Playdate (2006), presented two silicon baby versions of musical legend, Michael Jackson, and “Antichrist Superstar”, as he calls himself, Marilyn Manson. Speaking about controversy!

At Famous Auction House we are proudly presenting one of his items for sale! You can now purchase The Girls (2003) through our easy-to-use online auction services. This is a highly collectable set of 3 porcelain plates, adorned with 3 barbie-like dolls. The dolls are groomed with a puffy hairstyle and thick eye makeup. This is an edition of 300 and each plate is 35 cm in diameter. These works are signed and numbered by the artist.

As Waters says in his own words: “You have to learn everything. You have to learn how to dress, you have to learn how to see it, you have to learn how to read about it.”
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