Three outstanding local artists donated their talents to create one of a kind of masterpieces, see them below.
Photographs ©2012 Courtesy of Jess Isaiah Levin, Classical Photography
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When I saw this violin I was instantly inspired by two things: the curves and shape of the violin as well as the rich deep color of the wood. I wanted to showcase both of these things that helped me with the creative process .The shape of the violin reminded me of a human body, so I depicted a female figure. To compliment the wood, I used a natural a toned pallet of browns and beiges.
When I got my violin I realized just how smooth and curvilinear the body was. Having never held this instrument before, I was immediately struck with the desire to compete with those curved edges and introduce some sharp, angular elements. I decided to completely coat the body with a glossy bold red to give it a faux plastic look, and then, to add the element of surprise, I “violently” applied thick coatings of bright oil paint with my palette knife. Introducing the impasto technique along the bridge of such a smooth and bright red surface reminded me of a heavy accent in a classical music composition, thus a Sforzando Rosso.
I usually work in fabric and stitchery art, so it made sense to “quilt” a violin. Quilting also gave me the opportunity to use many different colors. Painting and stitching are both relaxing.
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