Opening Reception: Friday, April 26 from 6pm to 8pm
On view through June 28, 2013.
There will be a joint opening reception with the artists on Friday April 26, 2013 from 6-8 p.m., with a performance by the Nasar Abadey Trio from 8-10 p.m. There will be two additional jazz performances at Honfleur Gallery during the course of the exhibitions; on May 16th and on June 6th.
Figures in Jazz by John K. Lawson at Honfleur Gallery presents large-scale vibrant collage portraits of jazz legends, including Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Wynton Marsalis, and Miles Davis.
John K. Lawson was born in Birmingham, England in 1962 and raised mostly in the countryside until his family moved to South London when he was a young teenager. He first came to America on a student exchange program in engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. There his artistic abilities were encouraged, and he returned to England two years later to concentrate on landscape painting. Eventually, Lawson was drawn back to the Deep South, and soon became part of an underground art culture in New Orleans that included working in tattoo, T-shirt and mural designs long before these mediums became mainstream. Hurricane Katrina submerged his studio and destroyed 25 years’ worth of artwork and ephemera. Lawson began to rework the damaged remnants into collages and started working in the manner in which he made the Figures in Jazz portraits.
Lawson explained his intentions for this body of work, “My wish was for these portraits to become universal documents, exploding with an inner energy not only found in music but also in our multi layered everyday life.”
Although the original work is not for sale, limited edition reproductions of the work are available. Additionally, Lawson and Honfleur Gallery produced a book to accompany the exhibition that pairs each of the Figures in Jazz portraits with original poems by Lawson. Copies of the book will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition.
Honfleur Gallery is partnering with Twins Jazz to produce the three jazz performances that will take place over the course of Figures in Jazz. The exhibition is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Honfleur Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in Historic Anacostia at 1241 Good Hope Road SE. For more information call 202-365-8392 or visit www.honfleurgallery.com.