French Quarter Motorcycle Guitarist Canvas Print

Canvas Print

French Quarter Motorcycle Guitarist

by Charlie Thomason

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Fine art print on bright white, fine poly-cotton blend, matte canvas using latest generation Epson archival inks. Individually trimmed and hand stretched museum wrap over 1-1/2" deep wood stretcher bars. Includes wall hanging hardware.


Oil on canvas paper. 12″ x 16″. 2011.

This painting originated as two separate photographs I took in the French Quarter district of New Orleans, LA while on a trip there in March 2010. In one photograph, there was this very unusual-looking street guitarist, with a massive pair of bull horns strapped to the front of his motorcycle. He was parked right in the street, playing some blues jams on a beat-up old acoustic-electric guitar, looking like a character you might find in a Tom Waits song. In another photo, there was this beautiful, quintessential French Quarter building with an arcade of green doors and hard, late-afternoon sunlight. The two photographs were each going to be their own, separate paintings, but were eventually compounded into one image. I attempted to give the painting a purposefully-unfinished look, which represents the man’s mysterious and enigmatic nature. The style, coloring, and lighting of the image were inspired by the work of Edward Hopper.

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