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The book features numerous drawings and paintings of Jazz Musicians and Singers spanning from the late nineties to the current year. Artists such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and many more appear in watercolor, ink drawings and full color acrylic and oil paintings. The artist’s began exhibiting in the Washington, DC community in his teens after frequently studying street life, live in the red light district of DC. He also traveled and did live action sketches of gamblers in Atlantic City casinos. Later he was commissioned to do murals and paintings for local jazz club owners in Washington, DC and North Carolina. The artist’s life long study of live action, drawing and painting , suddenly thrust him into numerous gallery and a museum exhibition.
Full Color on White paper
BISAC: Art / American / African American
American Modern Artist & Sculptor Emmett Williams, devotes a lifetime of study to capturing live music and musicians on canvas. His works document his understanding of how musicians create, and imposes his graphic insights over their images as they play. His study of art began at an early age. He studied street life on the streets of Washington, D. C. notorious 14th corridor in the mid ’70’s. Pimps, junkies, cops, and drug dealers found themselves in his sketchbooks. He traveled to Atlantic City where he studied patrons and hostesses live at The Playboy Club, and later in life gamblers and casino staff as well as performers and showgirls. His visual input on musicians developed and eventually landed him exhibitions in multiple galleries as well as a museum in Greenville North Carolina in 2008. Then furniture industry executives found their way into his studios in Greensboro, NC and his equestrian imagery has been fixtures at the High Point Furniture Market for over a decade. The Artist develops his own one of a kind furniture items for his own studio and home. His Jazz themes adorn his unique pieces. All manner of materials are used in the creation of his works, from his cardboard designs, to steel sculpture. Plywood and stretched canvas are his main mediums, along with his unique leather cartouching abilities. His design powers have taken him to Scottsdale Arizona, where he was commissioned to paint his trademark cubist concepts on more than twenty pieces, sold out and the orders for twenty plus more were reordered and sold out. The highly collectible still-life concepts are highly sought after. Instantly fetching 4 figures at first sight. The works presented here in this book are a sample of the painter’s thought processes on music. His focus on Jazz, comes as a result of being commissioned b Jazz Clubs in the Washington, D.C. area. The more commissions, the more exposure and appreciation came for the music form. He is a student of the saxophone. And enjoys the learning process. It also gives him further appreciation for the musicians and their instruments. And all things music help aide him in his quest for knowledge. He feels that more attention should be focused on what most now agree is a uniquely American made art form, and worthy of promotion. Williams promises to do all he can by making as many images available as possible in print. The Artist’s website is www.ArtByEmmett.com.