Opening Reception: Friday, January 9th, 8-11 PM Artist Talk: Sunday, January 18th, 2-4PM
HUDSON MARQUEZ “RHYTHM AND SHOES”
Ike Turner… Little Richard… Papa Lightfoot… Freddie King… Johnny Ace… Blaze Starr… Candy Barr… Lili St. Cyr. They all connect here in this series of paintings. Having heard tales of the RnB stars of the past, I’ve brought some to life. True Stories… Maybe.
The Bourbon Street stage stilletos of the ecdysiasts were imprinted on me at an early age. Sneaking into the 500 Club and Gunga Den. Sitting at the bar the first items I saw were the shoes. The best N.O. RnB bands were backing them up. Earl Palmer. Lee Allen. I’m still in love with the rhythm and the shoes.
CHARLES BINGER “ILLUSTRATOR”
Charles Ashford Binger was a British-born painter who found great success in Hollywood and on Madison Avenue. His commercial art included film posters, pulp novels and celebrity portraiture in a career that spanned the 1920s – 1970’s. Binger’s hallmark style utilized impeccable composition, rendered in a painterly style over roughened textures. His science-fiction paperback covers include masterpieces The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury & Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. As Marilyn Monroe’s favorite illustrator, he created three of her most memorable film posters, including Niagaraand River of No Return. Located in the discovery phase of this sophomore exhibition were key art paintings for Ben Hur and A Streetcar Named Desire. His gift at capturing in oils, beautiful, vulnerable women and rugged, earthy men made him a highly sought portraitist among the crowned heads of Europe, and a valuable commodity in the emerging post-war pulp market. Binger passed away in 1974.
This is the second exhibition of his work in 45 years, and the very first time that most of these works have been offered for sale. The real treasures, aside from gorgeously realized, large format paintings are miniature studies done as elements for paperback covers, motion picture key art and sheer enjoyment. The majority of pieces have been painstakingly restored but on a few of the smaller works, condition is consistent with commercial work of this era.