All the Stars Aren't in the Sky
In the fifteenth century it was common for scientists, and others to sit at the feet of Artists as they were the ones who had the answer to the cosmic riddle. In the middle 1950's it was the jazz guys of New York who had a straight pipe tapping into the mother lode of what it was all about Making the leap from amateur to fully committed artist, a Studio separate from where we lived was important. Crucial to the overall strategic plan was being able to listen to the great jazz masters of the day who were the cutting edge of contemporaneous thought. The first item of furniture purchased for the Studio was a stereophonic LP record player. Being able to listen to what "it" was all about whilst engaged in the actual act of painting was vitally important. What a gifted time it all was! Late at night standing at the easel with loaded brush and fevered mind I listened to Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, and so very many more. Playing tunes I was well familiar with such as "Stars Fell on Alabama", "For all we know", and "Moonlight in Vermont" they would weave intricate alternate lines contrapuntal to the musical passages written and in doing so prompt me to explore exciting alternate visual solutions. They were the cutting edge of contemporaneous thought with intellectually challenging concepts. Their flights of fancy, and excursions into unexplored territory guided my brush, and informed my mind. My paintings of that time all owe a debt of great gratitude to those individuals, and the tunes of that day. Mounting this exhibition of works from that time I can think of no better way of celebrating them than to let the works hear the sort of sounds and music that were so instrumental in their creation so long ago. Playing those sorts of sounds, and that sort of music I can think of no finer artists than My good friend Al Muirhead, Campbell Ryga, the great Senator Tommy Banks, George Koller, and Blaine Wikjord to recreate those sounds. September 26 2008.