Welcome to Art of Blues
Frank O. Smith Jr.
I am influenced by the collage work of Romare Bearden and the African-American musical art form, the blues. The two have inspired me to create artwork that has a musical theme, such as Jazz music inspired Bearden.
The paintings and drawings I create are products of collages that I have constructed. Not only do they depict a musical contribution by Blacks, but also some of the struggles that Africans and African-Americans have endured.
I enjoy painting using a variety of media including oil, acrylic and collages, especially on large canvases. My major interest is in combining certain colors that help reflect a mood and enhance the overall effect on the viewer. Therefore, combining unusual uses of color, magnification of imagery, and working on a large-scale help to bring these images to life.