The Black Line
The start and the end of the composition is integral, powerful, decisive and at times whimsical, because the line separates as well as unites. It assumes the shape and form and forms spaces and creates perspective. It is like a musical phrase, it begins with a single note, then grows through the pentagram until it becomes a song. JazzArt is a song that you can view on paper, played with ink and different types of graphite.
Showing the diversity of Jazz in visual art form. I base myself on the definition of Jazz. It was said by the great masters that Jazz was a style of music that had rhythm, improvisation and was the performer’s art. Well, you can take those principles and create jazz art of different sorts and varieties. In my art, I have chosen to incorporate those elements that defined Jazz music and I have applied them to the elements that make up a painting and a drawing (illustration). First, you start with a thought or an idea and then you allow it to grow through improvisation, developing its parts independent of the composition as a whole, but since the composition must be whole, the parts themselves must work their way into each other, like a soloist creating but simultaneously belonging to the group as he knows that once the solo is finished he will return to his position as a part of the group. Finally, rhythm, well, that is perhaps only thought to exist in music, or in speech or in movement of some sort, like dance. But can it exist in a painting or an illustration? Yes, the composition itself will guide you through the rhythm.
Colour is as important to the painting as is the canvas. Figures, forms, shapes, impressions, expressions and anything else that forms part of a work of art coexists with colour to create the final product. In abstract art, colour is most important as it creates the mood and the spirit of the work. I use colour to create the depth and the meaning of my work and as a good jazz-man with the brushes, I allow the rhythm to guide my brush strokes to colour with strength and light.
Jazz is America’s classical music, par excellence and as an art form it emphasises the player as composer, improvisation as the formula and its swing as its fundamental rhythm. In paintings I have tried to capture the same essesnce and the experience of Jazz. However, since paintings don’t play music or sing, my JazzArt has to create the impression through the eyes, not the ears. As I explained previously, Jazz is created following this formula, improvisation, the player as composer and rhythm. I have tried to create a precise rhythm with paint, creating movement, ideas and a composition that swings when listened to with the eyes of an open minded and imaginative observer. Enjoy more of my work, colour paintings in acrylic on canvas or wood and illustrations in black and white, using graphite of different sizes and black ink on paper.
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