My Saints series, a collection of iconic New Orleans musicians , commemorates their role in the evolution of the eccentric culture and music traditions of New Orleans. All depicted in this series are exemplify the joie de vivre that runs through all aspects of life here in all of its diversity.
Allen Toussaint was a musical genius who died at 77 years old in November 2015 while on tour in Madrid. The always elegantly dressed Mr. Toussaint was a legendary songwriter, pianist, producer, and bandleader. Some of his best known classics are "Working in the Coal Mine," "Mother-in-Law," "It's Raining" and "Southern Nights".
In 1985 Mr. Toussaint co-founded New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2013, he received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.
archival pigment print on hot-press 100% cotton rag paper
11" x 14"
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I feel fortunate to be able to share my love of New Orleans through my paintings. I feel like I was separated from this city at birth and that I came home when I moved here in 2009. I am in love with this colorful city that continuously entertains, amuses, and inspires me with its deep, rich history, architecture, people, amazing music, and unique neighborhoods, each with a very distinctive flavor. I also find inspiration in sentimental objects and little altars everywhere in my home, which is a sacred space to me.
My work is done in the studio and from photos I take while making my way around town, usually preferring the path less traveled. I intend to keep moving on this creative journey, always exploring different mediums and techniques.
This is my New Orleans narrative through which I hope you can experience joy, amusement, sentimentality, and some lesser known places in New Orleans from these paintings.
Cheryl Anne Grace is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Uptown area.
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