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80.000 x 60.000 x 1.000 cm.
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Billie Holiday - Lady Sings The Blues
Painting - Oil On Board
It is hard not to come up with a cliche when painting a portrait of Billie Holiday. Yes ....this is based on a well known black and white photo from the 1940s. I have surrounded her with various characters including Lester Young and Count Basie to give a deeper impression of her troubled existence. The little trio in the wings is a salute to Belgian collage artist Guy Peelaert who is one of my influences.
July 24th, 2012
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