It’s hard to imagine sewing every one of these brush strokes, but that’s what the Mardi Gras Indians do. While most do not cover their faces, their suits are much larger and more elaborate than these masks. It was from one of the few that do, that I also got the idea for multiple faces on the same mask. This painting pays homage to the Haitian influence on the Indians and New Orleans in general. It was used to promote a performance of Mardi Gras Indian music along with both French and Acadian French musicians, plus a wide array of other local talent.
Acrylic on Canvas
15.5” x 17.5” (framed)
Shipping cost: $80.00
I was born and raised in New Orleans and began painting
at an early age. After graduating from the Colorado Institute
of Art with a degree in graphic design, I returned to New Orleans and spent a decade in the advertising business. I
then switched to murals and decorative painting while
continuing to produce posters, flyers and CD covers for the
music industry. My own paintings over the years have
covered many subjects from portraits to landscapes, but
lately it’s been about masks. New Orleans’s love of masking is
something we share with other unique cultures around the
world. But while places such as Mali, Haiti and Venice have
their own distinct styles, in New Orleans you get to see a
little bit of it all. Whatever genre of work comes next for me, there will
never be a shortage of inspiration here.
Mike Williamson is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Uptown neighborhood.
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