Donna Coleman, What Price, Spreading the Joy? Hommage to Eva (Cassidy), Donny (Hathaway), Minnie (Riperton) and Johnnie (Wilder),
12 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, 2014. Courtesy the artist.
This RISD grad has been living and working in Oberlin, Ohio for the past fifteen years as a painter and teacher. A classically trained painter, her work has evolved into personal narratives, referencing the deep jewel colors and allegorical frieze-like compositions of the Renaissance Masters. This painting pays homage to a group of famous go-go/jazz musicians from the seventies whose lives all ended in tragedy...but the beat goes on.
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