Olan Montgomery

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(January 2011)

Olan Montgomery, sometimes called only Olan,[1], is an American pop-artist notable for his pop-art portraits of both celebrities and unknown people[2], social issues[3][4],[5]such as hate crimes[6] and vietnam[7] He is notable for his depictions of the Gay party scene as well[8][9][10]. The artist published a collection of his portraits and party scene art works in a booked entitled 'POP Art inspired by New York's own subcultures from celebrity to subway something more through color & light'[11][12][13]. He employs a technique where he transfers his own photographs to canvas, in order to embue photographic portraits with color. He created several notable works of actors including Alan Cumming who included the artist in several of his Art Parties[14].

'MTV made comment when 'Courtney Love purchased a portrait of herself by Olan[15], 'Courtney Love invested in some new art recently — a portrait of herself. New York artist Olan — who has also created mixed-media portraits of Kelly Osbourne, Anne Hathaway, Rufus Wainwright and Boy George — said in a statement that "It is the greatest gift for an artist's work to speak to its subject, and I am honored by Ms. Love's response to my work of her." Several of the artists portraits of Courtney Love appeared in a featured interview with the celebrity in 'Heeb magazine[16],[17],[18].

Village Voice art critic Michael Musto described the artist as "upping the subculture".[19] He is based in New York but was born in Georgia.[19]

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  1. 11 Early life

  2. 22 Projects

  3. 33 References

  4. 44 External links


Early life

Olan was born in Georgia in 1963 and raised in both Georgia and California. He is the son of American artist Eslye Moore [20][21]. Olan attended Columbia College in the early 80's where also began doing makeup and hair[22][23] for Elite Models and traveling to Italy. Olan has continued to do makeup and hair for over two decades in fashion working for Vogue Italia, Vogue Sposa, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, Lancombe, Revlon, Avon, Halston, W, WWD, Interview and Cosmopolitan with photographers Francesco Scavullo[24][25],Robert Mapplethorpe[26][27], Chuck Baker[28],Christopher von Hoenberg[29],Gilles Larrain[30], Andrea Blanch[31], Antoione Verglas, Deigo Uchitel, Javier Vallhonrat[32][33][34] along with noted celebrities Guns N' Roses[35], Taylor Dayne[36], Peabo Bryson[37], Linda Evangelista[38], Stephanie Seymour[39], Hunter Reno[40], Rebecca Brussard[41], Elizabeth Saltzman[42], Sally Kirkland[43] and The Four Tops[44].



In his art Olan transfers his own photographs to canvas, in order to embue photographic portraits with color. Recently, Olan has branched out into model photography in addition to his current art and fashion projects[45][46][47] [48].

Olan is represented by Gallery 50, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. His 2009 Exhibition "R.E.H.O.B.O.T.H. - Rays Every Heart Observes By Oceans Through Heaven" included over 100 works of art celebrating his love for the Rehoboth Beach community. [49]. During that exhibition Olan hosted a benefit for AIDS Delaware, which went on to become an annual event held at the gallery. [50]

In 2010, Olan appeared as a stylist on episode 2 "Hanging With the Big Boys" of Logo's reality series, The A-List: New York. The series, frequently described as a "Real Housewives"-style show[51]

Currently the artist is doing a series about the children of Haiti entitled 'Statistic No More", an art collaboration with his sister-in-law Elizabeth Moore who was in Haiti with her adopted daughter Lily at the time of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.



  1. 1.^ LAUREL GROSS (July 13, 2003). "URBAN TACTICS; Tellers in Tangerine". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-05. "Olan (don't call him Timmothy Olan Montgomery, his birth name) is a customer at the bank as well as an artist, and he wanted to do something for those women who have been greeting him with such grace and so many smiles since he started banking there two and a half years ago. Being a Southerner (born in Georgia) and a gentleman, he refers to them as ladies."

  2. 2.^ http://www.saatchionline.com/olanscooter

  3. 3.^ http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/2008/06/farewell_to_flo.php

  4. 4.^ http://blip.tv/file/3102878

  5. 5.^ http://www.ethansays.com/2009/06/altogetherqueer-exhibit.html

  6. 6.^ http://www.metrosource.com/Article.aspx?idArticle=466

  7. 7.^ http://alaintruong.canalblog.com/archives/2010/01/02/16359805.html

  8. 8.^ http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4069:you-bring-light-in-monica-colbert&catid=60:marchapril-2006&Itemid=703

  9. 9.^ http://www.60by80.com/new-york/whos-who-arts-culture/q-a-olan-montgomery.html

  10. 10.^ http://www.homo-neurotic.com/2009/08/13/mom-pop-with-olan-montgomery/

  11. 11.^ http://www.popnography.com/2009/08/olan-montogmerys-mom-pop-comes-to-soho.html

  12. 12.^ http://www.homo-neurotic.com/2009/08/13/mom-pop-with-olan-montgomery/

  13. 13.^ http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/787767

  14. 14.^ http://www.patrickmcmullan.com/site/event_detail.aspx?eid=15005

  15. 15.^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1543109/bono-goes-nano-new-ipod-feeds-aids-relief-fund.jhtml

  16. 16.^ http://http://www.pinkisthenewblog.com/2009/01/courtney-love-does-heeb-magazine/

  17. 17.^ http://oc.wikinoticia.com/divertiment/ròsa/25286-courtney-love-e-los-josius

  18. 18.^ http://www.fadedyouthblog.com/77038/courtney-love-does-heeb

  19. 19.^ a b Michael Musto, (Mar. 3 2008). "Portrait Artist Makes it Big By Upping the Subculture". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2010-01-05. "Now, I hold onto every little canvas—and thank God, I've not only kept the portrait Olan Montgomery made of me, it's looming on my living room wall and lording over all the portraits."

  20. 20.^ http://www.eslye.com

  21. 21.^ http://www.homo-neurotic.com/2009/08/13/mom-pop-with-olan-montgomery/

  22. 22.^ http://www.olanbeauty.com/

  23. 23.^ http://www.behance.net/gallery/MAKEup-HAIR-of-OLAN-MONTGOMERY-2011/894551m/olanscooter

  24. 24.^ http://www.behance.net/gallery/80s-90s-FLASHBACKs-images-from-OLANs-Makeup-HAIR/894409

  25. 25.^ http://www.saatchionline.com/olanscooter

  26. 26.^ http://www.behance.net/gallery/80s-90s-FLASHBACKs-images-from-OLANs-Makeup-HAIR/894409

  27. 27.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=496032822011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011&pid=6364112&id=730632011

  28. 28.^ http://www.behance.net/gallery/FASHIONBEAUTY-EDITOR-MAR-CHUCK-BAKER/408497

  29. 29.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=491767802011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011&pid=6302964&id=730632011

  30. 30.^ ttp://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=484162967011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011

  31. 31.^ http://www.behance.net/gallery/FASHIONBEAUTY-EDITOR-MAR-ANDREA-BLANCH/408474

  32. 32.^ http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javier_Vallhonrat

  33. 33.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=498646957011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011

  34. 34.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=498646997011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011&pid=6400542&id=730632011

  35. 35.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=477981822011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011

  36. 36.^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud6sU3AclT4

  37. 37.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=484162967011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011

  38. 38.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=473816082011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011&pid=5990526&id=730632011

  39. 39.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=473875982011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011

  40. 40.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=486821127011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011&pid=6226046&id=730632011

  41. 41.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=474313027011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011

  42. 42.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=478236317011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011

  43. 43.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=491767782011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011

  44. 44.^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=474854317011&set=a.473815847011.251171.730632011

  45. 45.^ http://www.olanphotography.com/

  46. 46.^ http://www.behance.net/gallery/NOV-DEC-2010/894501

  47. 47.^ http://www.behance.net/gallery/dolls-book-on-blurbcom-by-Olan-Montgomery/589444

  48. 48.^ http://www.behance.net/gallery/OLANphotographycom-BEAUTY/583105

  49. 49.^ http://www.capegazette.com/storiescurrent/200908/gallery50reho14.html

  50. 50.^ Gallery 50

  51. 51.^ http://www.logotv.com/shows/the_a_list_new_york/series.jhtml


External links

  1. Olan Montgomery's art website

  2. Olan Montgomery's photography website

  3. Olan Montgomery's makeup & hair website

  4. Olan Montgomery's Behance website

  5. Olan Montgomery's website