George Harrison in 1973

(Art Digital by FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

This was the year that Living in the Material World was released as well as the featured song on Tuesdays Tunes 30 JUN 2020: “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth”.

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Tuesdays Tunes: 30 JUN 2020, Featuring “Give Me Love” by George Harrison

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The “quiet” Beatle…the one who just wanted to play his guitar…the one who was not given too many chances to place his songs on Beatles albums…but the one who later surfaced and during his solo career surpassed the others…George, the mystical one, the one who from the beginning said “Don’t Bother Me”…

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(First song written by George Harrison, appeared in With the Beatles 1963, the Fab Four’s first album)

George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England on the 25th of February, 1943. He wrote “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth” between 1971 and 1972. The song was released in 1973 and it reached number one, displacing Paul McCartney’s “My Love”. It was included in the album Living in the Material World.

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I always loved this song. I thought of it as a prayer that followed, logically and spiritually, the call to God in “My Sweet Lord“. And although I remember buying the album All Things Must Pass and really getting into it, of course, while still in High School, when Living in the Material World came out I really knew George was the best. All Things Must Pass is highly orchestrated and arranged…produced in part by Phil Spector with his wall of sound…but Living in the Material World is more folkish, less instruments, more slide guitar and that’s more my style. For this album George used musicians Gary Wright, Klaus Voorman, John Barham, Nicky Hopkins and Ringo Starr…as well as others that filled in as needed, namely Leon Russel…as well as Jim Keltner, who had played with Harrison in 1971 in the Concert for Bangladesh.

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Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth“, whose title alone is a wonderful wish, was a prayer by George, to be free of karma and the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. He stated that the song is “a prayer and personal statement between me, the Lord, and whoever likes it”.

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I like it. It was released in May of ’73…a great year for music. I still listen to that song and it sounds as fresh as the day I first heard it back in High School. The slide guitar solos and the acoustic guitar work…all done by George…give the song an easy flowing feeling that really enhances the strength of the words, the intensity of the prayer.

And looking at this song as a way to mend the present, it seems so far above the random calls for violence, for destruction of history, for the desecration of the the holy, as they did spray paint St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The call, in the early seventies…a time ripe for protests and a time when protests were occurring all over against the Vietnam War…was for Peace on Earth. George was making a plea to God to for Love, for Peace and to remain free from the bonds of karma. It was as much a spiritual quest for him as a plea to become the mantra of the generation of Peace and Love.

George Harrison - "Love Comes To Everyone" - YouTube

I will miss not being able to listen to anything new that George would have written. He passed away on 29 NOV 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA. However, what he left behind, including his last album, Brainwashed, which was released in 2002, and which I love, will always be a reminder that, although, Lennon and McCartney considered George the “junior” Beatle, he was a force to be reckoned with in music.

George con Deep Purple - George Harrison en Taringa!

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Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia…A Conversation…

(“En el mar azul”, acrílico sobre lienzo, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia, Derechos Reservados)

I painted this small painting, 50 cm x 40 cm, back in 2006, I think…

But it really does not matter if I recall the exact year. It was during the period between 2003 and 2008. That was my first most prolific period. During those years I was exhibiting constantly and also participating in all the festivals I could get to all over. I was living in Miami, Florida, USA and I travelled all over the East Coast of the United States.

Well, not really…I did exhibit in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, as well as in the South Florida area, which is composed of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach, those three counties, which are the largest…and in my opinion…the most important in the state. Miami-Dade county alone has over 5 million people, counted, and many more who no one knows are there but everyone sees them, works with them and employs them.

In any event, I exhibited in galleries in those days. I started in Istanbul, Turkey. I was invited in 2003 and I took five paintings. I had no idea of how my work was going to be received, but it was received quite well as three of the five paintings sold to collectors there. I was quite pleasantly surprised, however, because of personal problems in the lives of the gallery owners, the gallery closed down. Bad luck…

In any event, I went to New York and exhibited in several galleries in SoHo…

(photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia…In World Art Gallery, Soho, New York)

Then later in one restaurant-gallery in Brooklyn. That expo was a lot of fun as the place was enormous, with large walls and very high ceilings and a Gothic feel about the place. The vernissage included a punk rock band as well as very good wine…

I decided to open up my gallery in the city of Miami and that is where Omnia Caelum Studios was born…

(photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Back in Miami I joined with a group of artists from Russia, Germany, Colombia, Nigeria and Dominican Republic (I represented Spain)…

(photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

So…I took a break between 2008 and 2010 but in 2011 I began my research, my full delving into the world of “Jazz-Art” drawings in black and white, in graphite and India ink. Of course, during all those years, 2003 through 2019, I went by my nom de guerre, Bodo Vespaciano. I decided to go to my nom de baptême, Francisco…

(“La Flor Solitaria” from the JaZzArt Miami collection, photo property of FBC)

Skipping to the present, I have decided to do my second expo in Spain…the first one was in my hometown, Valencia back in 2019…in Barcelona. The expo is a mixed expo with other European artists and opens on 02 JUL 2020 and runs throught 06 AUG 2020.

(you are all invited to the vernissage on 02 JUL 2020 in Barcelona)

As you can see, I love colour. I find that colour…as it does in abstract art…tells the whole story. Colour reaches into the head of the spectator, reminds us of people, places, events, and elicits emotions. My work is, in many ways abstract but in all ways figurative. I say abstract because my reference is mostly internal. I like to create worlds and I rarely give my subjects a landscape that resembles a natural setting. That is part of abstraction but I cannot get away from the human form in my work.

(“Amarilla” acrylic on canvas 40 cm x 50 cm, In private collection USA, photo property of FBC)

So, I say…and emphasise…that art is a language, it must transmit ideas, messages, emotions. So what does my art transmit? My art is what I call “jazz art”. I develop the idea by letting the idea develop further and further until the composition is complete. I want to transmit the essense of the music, the strength of the beat and the sensuality of rhythm. That is why I paint and draw my jazz ensembles in different ways and doing different things because Jazz, in its definition, says that it must contain improvisation, rhythm and it must be the performers art…

(With my Jazzy group “AJA” in 2006 Miami, photo property of FBC, OCS Valencia)

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JaZzArt en Barcelona…Omnia Caelum Studios, primer expo post pandemia…

(“Evolution”, 50x80cm, obra original de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Estas obras reflejan el amor que le tengo al jazz, a la mezcla de colores y a lo abstracto figurativo. El color es el que dirige y el que establece el mensaje de la obra. Unidas forman una sola pieza…de tres partes…mucho mas potente y transmite mejor el mensaje de la importancia del ritmo y de como se llega a un final improvisando los pasos. Por eso digo que estas piezas unidas en una son JaZzArt y por si solas son arte Jazz…

Ven a verlas a Barcelona al Sky Gallery del 02 de julio al 09 de agosto de 2020…

Gracias…

El sudor de ayer (poema)

(foto propiedad de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Corren para nunca perecer,

para que no le quiten de la piel,

el sudor de ayer,

pues la noche de amor fue cálida y oscura.

Perderse entre el rebaño malgenioso de los pobres,

o quizá rozar los hilos de los pijos sin pudor,

correr contra el amor, siempre apetece,

amar entre las manos del reloj,

coger las sobras que le lanzan a mendigos

y mientras tanto sin abrigo van inviernos con calor…

Le decomisan sueños y caricias,

los trancan el la celda del horror,

en un pozo hondo y oscuro,

no hay luna, no hay sol,

solo una voz que entre sollozos

llega a tu oído cauteloso y te inspira,

te deja ver lo que has dejado atrás,

las ruinas,

y te recuerda que aunque sufras por amor,

el que has perdido, no será el mejor,

y que mañana correrás con otra u otro,

lo verás,

y de tu piel no querrás tampoco secar su sudor.

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 27 de junio de 2020, País Valenciá

In the Days of…John & Yoko: 1971

1971…John released Imagine; the first Hard Rock Cafe was opened in London and the protests against the Vietnam War continued in the US now with the participation of many veterans who came back and took a stand against the war; the world’s population had the highest increase in history that year, growing by 2,1%…

In January, the Ibrox disaster in Glasgow claimed the lives of 66 football fans at the Celtic v Rangers match; the United States bans cigarette advertising on the tele; NASDAQ was founded on 04 FEB; on 09 APR Charles Manson is sentenced to death; Arsenal beats Liverpool FC 2-1 to win the FA Cup; 13 JUN the New York Times begins to publish the Pentagon Papers; 10 JUL Gloria Steinem makes her address to the women of America; Qatar gains independence from the United Kingdom; 01 OCT Walt Disney World opens in Florida; Led Zeppelin IV is released in November; DB Cooper floats off to history; The Montreux Casino while Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention played and this is remembered in Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water“…

We lost Louis Armstrong, Jim Morrison, Duane Allman, Nikita Khrushchev, Coco Channel, Audie Murphy and Igor Stravinsky that year…

Pablo Neruda wins the Nobel Prize for Literature…

“Imagine” (from the album of the same name) became the most important anti-war song, almost an anthem. Lennon and Ono moved to New York in August of 1971. In December they launched the song “Happy Xmas (War Is Over“.

The campaign against the war continued and John and Yoko were certainly in the forefront. So much so that the Nixon administration started an FBI investigation with the intent of deporting John Lennon. Protests continued and with the addition of the Veterans for a Just Peace, they gained much momentum. However, contrary to the mood and the violence of the protests going on in America today, the protests of the seventies were much more organised and much more dedicated to their cause.

So…all in all, 1971 was an interesting year…one more thing, 1971 was the year in the which “All in the Family” debuted on American television. Go Archie Bunker!

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Saturdays Artists Series: Emma Amos

DAILY DOSE OF HISTORY: Emma Amos - Painter | How We Buy Black

Emma Amos died this year. She was 83 years old (born 1937). Most of her work illuminated the racism and sexism so prevalent in the United States. Amos was excluded from the “mainstream” art world…nowadays it is just the art business…because she was an African-American. She was also left aside by the black artists because she was a woman.

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(Emma Amos, All I Know of Wonder, 2008, oil on linen, African fabric, 70 1/2 x 55 1/2″. © Emma Amos/VAGA, New York)

Many of her paintings were of women falling from the sky and flying. Sometimes she would place African textiles together with the paint or whichever medium she was using to create her artwork. Her work screams out that women are sex objects and black people are treated as second class citizens in their own society.

Although Emma Amos had been exhibiting for more than fifty years, it was only recently that she began to get some real recognition. She exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum and in the Tate Modern in London.

Emma Amos in her studio with Valued, 2006. Photo by Becket Logan, courtesy Ryan Lee.
(Amos in her studio with Valued, 2006. Photo by Becket Logan, courtesy Ryan Lee)

In her own words, taken from Emma Amos artist statement:

Even though Atlanta and most cities during my youth were segregated, the arts, schools, and smart creative people were beacons of light. The city was a good place for black people with big dreams, and it continues to be a major site for black colleges, businesses, artists, and political figures. It is important to me to point out that both of my college-educated parents had fathers who were born slaves. This was a good reason for my brother, Larry, and me to believe that we had to continue to excel, as our family had done under much more difficult circumstances.

I see Emma as a dedicated artist who used her art as a means to communicate the struggle of those who are victims of different…but unacceptable…forms of discrimination. She understood that art is a weapon. She also felt compelled to react to the world around her. As an artist she needed to express her distaste and her concern. “The work reflects my investigations into the otherness often seen by white male artists, along with the notion of desire, the dark body versus the white body, racism, and my wish to provoke more thoughtful ways of thinking and seeing…”

Amos also lived within the reality she was born in. Trying to change the world is something that one does a little bit at a time. That is the way the earth itself evolves. Revolution leads to destruction, evolution leads to progress. She said, “I also want people to learn to feel my distaste for the notion that there is ‘art’ and ‘black art.’ Yes, race, sex, class, and power privileges exist in the world of art.

Her Artist Statement also says: “My career (1980–2008) as a Professor II and former Chair of Visual Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts has backed a studio practice that includes painting, drawing, making prints and photographic images, weaving, and sewing, along with lecturing, writing, reading, and looking at art. I am very grateful for that. I am pleased when my work initiates memory, individual observations and thought.

In my opinion Emma Amos, as an artist, did more to shine a light on racism and sexism in the US than any violent demonstration or destructive protest or riot. She understood clearly that there was a problem. She saw the problem as being pernicious and because it is true, that racism and sexism is a pernicious illness in the US, she fought it with the only weapon that works. She tried to make them see it and then tried to educate them. People cannot be changed, but they can be taught, they can be shown the error of their ways, like she said, with her work that “initiates memory, individual observations and thought.”

(Emma Amos, Malcolm X Morley, Matisse and Me., 1993, Acrylic on linen with African fabric borders and photo transfer, Private collection, Delaware, Courtesy of RYAN LEE Gallery and Art Finance Partners, New York)

Without a doubt Emma Amos was a child of her times and greatly influenced by the Civil Rights movements as well as the feminist movements that existed throughout the fifties and sixties. Her work advocated for the empowerment of women, reflected the race issue in the US and her role as a black female artist.

The artist Emma Amos with her 2006 work “Head First.” Her paintings often depicted women flying or falling.
(Emma Amos with her work “Head First” 2006)

Emma Amos was born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on March 16, 1937 and died on March 20, 2020. Rest in Peace

Emma Amos – RYAN LEE Gallery
(“Work Suit”)

So…

Let’s keep the conversation going. If you liked this post, if you thought Emma Amos work interesting, please let me know, comment, speak, discuss. Art has to come back to the world of the artists and not the world of big business. Let us keep the discussion…pleasant and respectful…alive and if you did like the article, please hit that like button and I would also appreciate it if you would follow and re-blog because re-blogging extends the conversation further…

Here is a small video I made with images of some of Emma’s works.

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