LAHAINA, Hawaii – Legendary pop artist Ruby Mazur, best known as the creator of the original Mouth and Tongue logo image designed for the Rolling Stones, is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of his iconic creation with exhibits in Hawaii, Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The logo was first used on the band’s Tumbling Dice record sleeve in 1972.
Following his highly-successful 2021 exhibits at Hawaii’s Holle Fine Art gallery on the island of Maui, where he has lived for the past 16 years, Mazur is now debuting his new series of original paintings, along with color prints and special edition giclee prints, at the gallery with a two-day opening on June 3 and 4. The show will remain on view through the summer.
Many of the paintings in his latest series are variations on the iconic mouth and tongue image, which has endured for the last 50 years, much like the band he designed it for. Among the new pieces he will unveil at the opening will be an original Dice Mouth & Tongue painting he recently completed.
Mazur’s new series will then appear at two simultaneous exhibits in Las Vegas, Nevada: one at the Signature Gallery in the Venetian Hotel on June 24 and 25, where will reveal his Gamblin’ Mouth and Tongue painting; and another at the Wyland Gallery in Planet Hollywood on June 26. These Las Vegas exhibits will be followed by another show at the Wyland Gallery in Lake Tahoe, Nevada from June 30 to July 3, where he will also make a personal appearance.
Mazur has also announced that 2022 will be the final year he will create new paintings and prints of his famous Mouth and Tongue image, but he will accept commissions through December.
Mazur was raised in New York City and launched his career in pop art and graphics at age 21 as art director of Paramount Records. In his first year on the job he received a Grammy award nomination for his design for the CrowFoot album cover. His outrageous and trend-setting imagery has since graced more than 3,000 album covers for the likes of Elton John, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Van Morrison, Jim Croce, Jimmy Buffett and B.B. King, in addition to movie soundtrack covers such as Love Story, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Malcolm X and Lenny Bruce.