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Blues to Psychedelia
Mississippi Fred McDowell by Peggy Francis.
Blues to Psychedelia is comprised of two distinct series of paintings, one series each from husband and wife artists Harold and Peggy Francis. It highlights the enduring influence of American Southern blues on contemporary music and the colorful abstraction of psychedelic art. This exhibit will be on display in The Markham Gallery until December 31, 2016.
The Southern Blues series by Peggy Francis is a celebration of the cultural contribution made to modern music by the bluesmen of her home state of Mississippi. Born in Natchez, a stop on the Blues Trail of Highway 61, Mrs. Francis was raised during an unparalleled time in the South that has greatly influenced her art today. Through her paintings, Mrs. Francis celebrates some of the dynamic individuals, from the well-known to the nameless, that left such an indelible impression on her and the world. The acrylic paintings of musicians, dancers, and other Southerners are displayed with a short biography of each artist, telling of their music and fun stories of their life from the rural Deep South to the concert halls of Europe. Her use of a contemporary color palette helps convey the relevance of the blues in the collective language of humanity today.
Psychedelia is a series of acrylic paintings on cotton rag paper by Harold Francis – following on from his previous tool sculpture works based on the Lagniappe Tribe. “Painting is my latest creative adventure,” said Mr. Francis. “I develop a technique then play with it, resulting in colorful abstracts.” Drawing inspiration from the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms, he uses an intricate technique of layering color and texture. As he paints, new patterns and internal galaxies emerge drawing the viewer deeper and deeper into the world of psychedelia.
See more information about Harold and Peggy Francis and examples of works from both artists at www.2718indistudio.com.
Swirly Rhino by Harold Francis.