Rudy Gutierrez: Santana Shaman
In 1999 Carlos Santana reunited with Clive Davis and set out to reconquer the Pop charts after decades of increasing musical marginalization. He not only had to live up to the legacy of his earlier hits, but also to the intensity of his earlier album covers.
The album “Supernatural” became a nine Grammy award phenomenon. His followup multi-platinum smash hit LP, “Shaman”, features the psychedelic illustration work of Rudy Gutierrez. Gutierrez is an internationally known sensation with awards and high profile commissions at every turn. Here also is his astonishing Coltrane tribute.
Rudy Gutierrez Coltrane Blue
To see more of Rudy’s work or to contact him visit his profile at www.altpick.com/rudygutierrez
Gary Kelley: Jazz Illustration
Gary Kelley is one of America’s premier illustrators. He has received numerous awards and his clients include Rolling Stone, Playboy, Time, GQ, the Santa Fe Opera and other major publications.
Gary Kelley: Serenata
His work embraces a wide variety of subjects, with music a reoccurring theme. His handling of pastel is nothing short of masterful.
Gary Kelly: Pastel
Gary has also illustrated a number of books, including one called “Dark Fiddler” based on the life of Paganini.
Gary Kelley: Dark Fiddler
To see more of Gary’s incredible work, visit www.garykelleyonline.com. Gary is also an art educator. Here is a feature about him from PBS Iowa.
William Sidney Mount: Catching the Tune
William Sidney Mount (November 26, 1807 — November 19, 1868) was an American painter famous for painting everyday life scenes. Though he was a contemporary of the Hudson River School painters, his work focused on narratives, rather than landscapes and was a model for later generations of American narrative illustrators, like Norman Rockwell. Mount was also a musician (flute and fiddle) and inventor. He developed a special hollow back violin to help the sound project at barn dances. His work is a visual parallel to Stephen Foster’s songs and Walt Whitman’s poems.
William Sidney Mount: The Banjo Player
His paintings captured a common man’s view of mid 19th century life and he was the first white American painter portray African American’s sympathetically. The Power of Music created a bit of a stir when it was exhibited in New York City in 1847. Viewers did not quite know if he was suggesting a common humanity between the characters — a view that was not universally held in the pre-Civil War north.
William Sidney Mount: The Power of Music
Joan Marie: Morning Has Broken
Joan Marie’s abstract paintings are inspired by listening to music! She combines the action centered approach of Jackson Pollock with the pallet of a Summer of Love poster artist and creates arrestingly energetic paintings! (After seeing her work I just feel like I have to end everything with an exclamation!)
The first painting was inspired by Cat Stevens “Morning Has Broken.”
The second work is a piece that was painted to the song “Orinoco Flow” by Enya.
Joan Marie: Carnaval de Agua
Here is a video of Joan at a show of her work at The Boyle Family Gallery in St. Louis, Mo.:
To see more of Joan’s work, purchase originals or prints, or to investigate commissioning her to paint your favorite song, visit www.joanmarieart.com
Al Kratzer: A Remark You Made
Every instrument has an innovator that changes how players perceive the instrument. In Jazz, Louis Armstrong revolutionized the trumpet and turned playing it into a brash freewheeling affair — the echoes of which can still be heard in the players of today.
Jaco Pastorius revolutionized the electric bass in the late 1970s and brought to it a new level of technical and tonal depth that has been inspiring bassists ever since. (In some ways he was the Hendrix of bass). He was a towering figure who set the bar for guys like me back when I was a serious music student trying to make a living as a musician.
He fell into increasing mental illness and drug abuse in his later years and was beaten to death in a barroom altercation in 1987, dieing at the age of 35. If he had lived, today would have been Jaco’s 61st birthday.
Jaco’s singing fretless bass is featured on the tune “A Remark You Made” from Weather Report’s best selling album “Heavy Weather.”
Weather Report is best remembered for the Joseph Zawinul’s catchy composition “Birdland,” live version from 1978 below…
Carlo Saraceni Saint Cecilia and the Angel (c.1610)
Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians because she reportedly sang to God as she was dieing a martyr’s death. The Roman authorities attempted to behead her three times and were unsuccessful. Mortally wounded, she refused to die for three days and passed away only after receiving Holy Communion. Artists usually depict her accompanied by the lute, organ, roses, violin, harp, harpsichord or singing. Her feast day is celebrated on November 22.
Carlo Saraceni (b Venice, c. 1579; d Venice, 16 June 1620). Italian painter. He is best known for his jewel-like paintings representing sacred and secular themes, which combine a delicate technique inspired by Adam Elsheimer with a note of observed realism owed to Caravaggio. He also painted altarpieces and worked in fresco. — Answers.com
Dan Dalton: Sold My Soul
Dan Dalton’s “Blues Junk Art” incorporates found materials like planks of wood, old clipboards, liquor bottles, playing cards and discarded license plates. When combined with his primitive painting style, the resulting works perfectly evoke the gritty, down-home character of the 20th century blues musicians who serve as his subjects.
Dan Dalton: Sonny Terry
For your listening pleasure, here’s Robert Johnson’s Hellhound on my Trail
To see more of Dan’s work and to purchase visit http://www.mojohand.com
Laurie Pace: Playing for Papa
This charming mixed media work by Laurie Pace combines a varnished background of antique sheet music with a layer of loose painting and a subdued pallet that suggests a turn of the century vintage.
Pace is better known for her lively and colorful paintings of horses. To see them and to purchase work visit www.lauriepace.blogspot.com
Spanish expressionist Guillermo Marti Ceballos has painted numerous colorful portraits of flamenco women. He has put together a video combining his work with the music of gypsy flamenco singer and early innovator in the style of Nuevo Flamenco, Camarón de la Isla. The paintings morph from one to another like a rhythmic kaleidoscope. Be sure to visit Ceballo’s Web Site www.gmarticeballosart.com.
Milton Bowens: Duke Black, Brown and Beige
As a college student at the University of New Mexico in the late 1970′s I took a summer school course in Phenomenology. The final exam was to take any subject I was interested in and think about it in as many ways as possible. The idea was that you needed to consider all of the various viewpoints to understand the essence of something. (Full disclosure: the teacher was a hippie grad student and class attendance was optional. I make no claim to possessing any real understanding of this philosophical discipline.)
Milton Bowens multimedia collages of the African American experience remind me of that method of examination. The impact of the whole of his work is greater than the sum of the collective parts might at first suggest. His artist’s statement includes the following passage:
“The exploration of the psychology of human relationships, life experience, and the effect music has on one’s self, plays a significant role in creating my mood and sparks motivation.”
“I present images such as music notes, form, figures, as well as a variety of historical and creative text. These are all influenced by a broad awareness of vast cultures and history. I examined the significance that these images play on everyday life and experience. The richness of touch, sight, and sound associated with other techniques composes here a visual poetry in which this “Organized Confusion” can be anchored.” — from the artist’s website
This approach lends itself supremely well to his exploration of Duke Ellington’s masterful, multifaceted African American history symphony, “Black, Brown and Beige.” Ellington’s music uses various musical forms to describe the journey of 19th century field slaves to mid-20th century urban citizenship.
Here’s the opening section of Black, Brown and Beige performed by the Ellington Orchestra…