Jelly Belly Bean Art Collection

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Artist: Malcolm West

The royal wedding of Catherine Middleton and Prince William was absolutely glorious and captured billions of hearts across the world when it was screened globally on television on April 29th 2011. This was true fairytale love! Malcolm West the Jelly Belly artist in the UK beautifully captured the ease and joy that radiated from the happy couple at the time and continues to enchant ever since. The portrait is larger than most (so the image here is a little bit cropped) and over 14,000 Jelly Belly jelly beans were used in its creation. Demand to display the portrait is high throughout the country as we all celebrate Kate and Wills’ happy marriage and now parenthood . Wonderful!

Amelia Earhart

Artist: Peter Rocha

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace within yourself." These are the words of Amelia Earhart, one of the world’s most celebrated aviators, a woman who broke records and chartered new horizons. She was born in 1897, had a difficult childhood but was nevertheless a free spirit. One day in the 1920's she paid $1 for a ten minute plane ride. That's all it took to inspire a stunning career in aviation. In 1932, flying solo, she established a new transatlantic record of 13 hours 30 minutes. Many flights followed until her final attempt to fly round the world in 1938 ended in disaster.

Laurel & Hardy

Artist: Peter Rocha

Stan Laurel (the thin one) was born in Ulverston in Cambria in 1890. His father was a showman, actor, director and playwright so the young Stan was introduced early to the world of theatre. Norvell Hardy was born in Georgia USA in 1892. He changed his name to Oliver when he was 18 but acquired the nickname "Babe" which stayed with him for the rest of his life. Laurel and Hardy met after a period of appearing separately in several short films in the 1920s and officially became a team in 1926. Their success as a duo was astounding and enduring. They appeared in 106 films together, laid down a lasting blueprint for comedy partnerships and became hugely famous and massively rich. This charming portrait of Laurel and Hardy owes much to Liquorice and Pink Grapefruit.

James Dean

Artist: Peter Rocha

Born in 1931, Dean's status as a cultural icon is best embodied in the title of his most celebrated film Rebel Without a Cause in which he starred as troubled high school rebel, Jim Stark. The other two roles defining his star power were as the awkward loner Cal Trask in East of Eden and as the surly farmer Jett Rink in Giant. His enduring fame and popularity rests on these three films, his entire starring output. His death at a young age - just 24 - helped guarantee a legendary status. James Dean remains the only person to have two posthumous acting nominations. There are a lot of Cherry Cola, Cappuccino, Caramel Apple and Toasted Marshmallows in this Jelly Belly portrait.

Margaret Thatcher

Artist: Peter Rocha

Margaret Thatcher was born in 1925 and was the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She went to Oxford University to read chemistry and trained as a barrister before becoming MP for Finchley in 1959. Already a conviction politician when she was elected Prime Minster in 1979, she remained controversial throughout her tenure in office - the longest of any Prime Minister for nearly 100 years – until her resignation in 1990. Her tough talking rhetoric gained Thatcher the nickname “Iron Lady” and it could have been this that inspired the Jelly Belly portrait which is quite a formidable representation. She held a life peerage and as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven sat in the House of Lords after her retirement from the House of Commons. She died in April 2013.

Queen Elizabeth II

Artist: Roger Rocha

On her 21st birthday, Princess Elizabeth made a speech from South Africa, where she, the King and Queen and Princess Margaret were on holiday. It concluded: "I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong. But I shall not have strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me, as I now invite you to do: I know that your support will be unfailingly given. God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it. 4 years later, Elizabeth II became queen of the United Kingdom. This charming portrait of Her Majesty captures her youth and beauty. She remains a respected and much loved head of state.

Elvis

Artist: Malcolm West

Elvis began his career in 1953 as one of the first performers of rockabilly an up - tempo fusion of country, rhythm and blues, still flourishing 50 years later. Presley's mixed "black" and "white" sounds made him popular and controversial. So did his uninhibited stage and television performances which excited the young and shocked the old. His versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassed a range of musical styles and he is the only entertainer that has ever been inducted into four music halls of fame. He made over 30 movies and continued public performance until his death aged 42. This chiselled-jawed fabulous Jelly Belly portrait of Elvis has captured his intensity beautifully.

Elvis

Artist: Peter Rocha

This Jelly Belly portrait of Elvis is in contrast to the other which is a little more sombre. Here Elvis is seen positively brimming - indeed radiating - with happiness and enthusiasm. These pictures show the different sides of Elvis Presley’s personality and charisma.

Marilyn Monroe

Artist: Roger Rocha

Norma Jeane Baker was born in 1926. She spent much of her childhood in foster homes but had an early and successful career as a model which led to her first film contract in 1946. By this time she had changed her name. Marilyn Monroe personified Hollywood glamour with an unparalleled glow and energy that enamoured the world. Although she was an alluring, curvy beauty with a generous pout, Marilyn was more than a '50s sex goddess. Her apparent vulnerability and innocence will always dominate the world of cinema. She died from an overdose of barbiturates in 1962. The Jelly Belly portrait of Marilyn captures one her most famous poses which is copied by wannabes (unsuccessfully) the world over, to this day.

Marilyn Monroe

Artist: Malcolm West

This lovely portrait of Marilyn Monroe exudes joy and femininity. It captures her famous charm, which lives on forever.

Diana Princess of Wales

Artist: Peter Rocha

Born in 1961, Diana was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales and their sons, Princes William and Harry are second and third in line to the British throne. From the moment her engagement to the Prince was announced, Diana became a public figure and remained the focus of near-constant media scrutiny around the world before, during and after her marriage. In the years following her sudden death in a car crash, which was followed by a spontaneous and prolonged show of public mourning, a popular fascination with the Princess endures.

George Clooney

Artist: Roger Rocha

George Clooney was born in 1961. His mother was once a pageant (beauty) queen and his father a journalist and TV game show host. His aunt was Rosemary Clooney a famous singer of her day. George became the ultimate American heartthrob in his role as the suave and gorgeous lifesaving doctor in television series ER but these days, in addition to acting he has applied his talents to writing, producing and directing movies with considerable success. His artistic pursuits combine with his role as a political activist and in 2008 the United Nations named Clooney a "Messenger of Peace". There is a lot of Blueberry, Berry Blue, Root Beer and Margarita in this portrait of Gorgeous George. No sign of Piña Colada or Tutti-Fruitti though.

Herm Rowland

Artist: Kirsten Cummin

Ever since Gustav Goelitz started making candy in 1869, the family have staked their reputation on quality. Now the fifth and sixth generations are still working in the business today and Herm Rowland is the Chairman of the Jelly Belly Candy Co. He started his career at 13 and worked his way up - learning every detail of candy manufacture, delivering finished product, ordering raw materials and making sales. Herm has poured his life and soul into the business and knows and loves it inside out. Not one of the many candy recipes created at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. get passed without Herm’s approval. He's the Candy King!.

Chief Ranbow Tree

Artist: Peter Rocha

This image of a former Great Plains tribal chief known as Rainbow Tree consists of 9,514 beans of over 15 different Jelly Belly flavours. The American Indians were the first people who lived in America - in other words the natives of America. They are known as Indians because when Christopher Columbus first arrived in America in 1492, he thought he'd reached India. American Indians are thought to have crossed North America from Asia about 20,000 years ago. Gradually, they moved out across North, Central and South America, and adapted a way of life to suit where they live now. By late last century, most of the tribes live on special reservations set up by the US Government.

Ronald Reagan

Artist: Peter Rocha

It was whilst he was on the Presidential trail that a journalist asked Reagan how he relaxed and managed to give up his passion for pipe smoking. He picked up a handful of jelly beans by way of an answer. The story gathered momentum and soon Jelly Belly jelly beans were identified as Reagan’s special treat. Reagan had been a Jelly Belly fan from day one when they were invented in 1976. His favourite flavour was Liquorice although Blueberry was invented especially for him in 1981 when three and half tons of red, white and blue Jelly Belly jelly beans were sent to Washington for the presidential inauguration celebrations. There is still a special bean holder carved into the wall of Air Force One where the sitting US President can secure his supply of Jelly Belly beans.

Martin Lurther King

Artist: Peter Rocha

Martin Luther King Jnr. was born in 1929. His work to end racial segregation and discrimination through non-violent means secured his place in the pantheon of human rights icons and in 1964, he became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize by the time of his assassination in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986. The Jelly Belly portrait of Martin Luther King explodes with laughter and energy and is a wonderful image. There is a predominance of yellows, oranges and pinks as well as browns, blacks and blues.

The Beatles

Artist: Pete Rocha

The Beatles were formed in Liverpool in 1960 and with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were thought to be the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. Their enormous popularity gave rise to Beatlemania and as the group's music grew in sophistication, led primarily by Lennon and McCartney, they came to be seen as emblematic of the age. The group broke up in 1970. This wonderful Jelly Belly portrait of the Fab Four in their Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) uniform was created for the West End Musical LET IT BE which told the story of their lives.

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