Before He Died, Michael Jackson Hired An Artist To Make Some Very Strange Portraits Of Him

At this point in time, it’s a safe bet that EVERYONE knows how eccentric and bizarre pop star Michael Jackson was.
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The “King of Pop” had his own theme park (Neverland Ranch), bizarre pieces of memorabilia (the Elephant Man’s skeleton!), and a selection of strange animals that included llamas and monkeys.
But these paintings he had commissioned that feature him in fairy tale and fantastic settings might be the weirdest thing of his that we’ve ever come across.

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#2 In 2009, just a couple months before his death, an auction house showed some of his strange artwork that the world had never seen before.
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#3 Most of the paintings in the collection were done by artist David Nordahl in 1988. This one was called “Camelot.”
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#4 Here he is as the iconic art subject David.
This one kept the naming convention and is called simply “Michael.”
It features the pop star as Michaelangelo’s David.

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#5 “Moonrise”
The artist said he got a call from Michael himself, totally out of the blue.
Understandably, he thought it was a joke.

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#6 “Field of Dreams”
The works all feature Michael as the dramatic centerpiece of the painting, and most of them show him as a guide or savior to children, as this one does.

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#7 “The Storyteller”
We all know that Jackson had a fascination with not growing up and with children, and this Peter Pan-type work is very much in line with his behaviors.
The artist and Michael worked together until Jackson’s death in 2009.
The artist now lives in New Mexico.

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#8 “The Knight”
The artist, David Hordahl, says he became so close with Jackson through his work that he’d often forget Michael was the most famous person in the world.
He said, “Then he’d break into these dance moves, quick as lightning, and it would dawn on me: He’s the best entertainer in the world.”

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#9 Here’s the artist behind the paintings.
He was born in 1941 in Minnesota and started by painting Apache tribes.

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#10 Surprisingly, Nordahl insists Michael wasn’t as weird as he was portrayed.
He said to ABC News, “I always thought of him as normal. He’s the most thoughtful, respectful person I’ve ever met.”

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