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EXPRESSIONS OF THE BLUES
Portraits on Tin Tile by Carol Boss at Delta Cultural Center
Oct 07, 2021, 9:00 AM CDT – Jan 24, 2022, 5:00 PM CST
Helena-West Helena,
141 Cherry St, Helena, AR 72342, USA

For more information

DeltaCulturalCenter.org

 
ABOUT EXPRESSIONS OF THE BLUES

Expressions of the Blues is a collection of painted portraits of Blues, R&B, Soul and Gospel musicians. The artists I’ve chosen to paint are people whose music and story truly inspire me. I have seen many of them perform which has given me the opportunity to photograph and video them. I have been lucky to share conversations, friendships and a common love for the Blues with some of these artists. I am trying to create an emotion in these paintings. I want the audience to really get the feel of the artist in the piece through the brush strokes, color, expressions in their eyes and on their faces. Please take the time to check out these Blues artists and experience their inspiration.

 
 
Michael “Iron Man” Burks
Michael “Iron Man” Burks
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Blind Mississippi Morris
Blind Mississippi Morris

“Music titled ‘Blues’ is a way to express the way one lives or feels when words just don't say enough.”

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Sean “Mack” McDonald
Sean “Mack” McDonald

“The blues hasn’t died at all. It lives on in the young musicians like myself and others. Whenever we pick up our instruments, we’re just carrying on the traditions of our ancestors that started the music. I’m just glad to keep it going.”

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Larry McCray
Larry McCray
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Willie Cobbs
Willie Cobbs
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Phillip Stackhouse
Phillip Stackhouse
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CeDell Davis
CeDell Davis

"Don't plan on dying. Plan on living. Dying will take care of itself."

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Lucious Spiller
Lucious Spiller

“Keep the blues alive. Pass it on.”

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Six String Andrew
Six String Andrew

“The blues is an amazing genre of music where people can express their emotions through song.”

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Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright
Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright
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Anne Harris
Anne Harris

“Blues music is Africa's gift to to the world as channeled through the hearts and struggles of African American people. But its spirit and soul are universal to the human experience and live beyond geographic boundaries and racial divisions. It is the expression of humanity's soul.”

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Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

“Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that.”

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B.B. King
B.B. King

“Blues is a tonic for whatever ails you. I could play the blues and then not be blue anymore.”

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Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith

“I don't want no drummer. I set the tempo.”

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Big George Brock
Big George Brock

“There ain’t nothin I think better than the blues in my life. The blues represent what it represent when I was a child. Cause it never changed and I never changed. I love the blues. It’s just like medicine. I love the blues like mama love her baby child.”

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Carl White, _Stud Ford_
Carl White, _Stud Ford_
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Charles “Skeet“ Rodgers
Charles “Skeet“ Rodgers

“There’s one thing no one can take from me... that’s my passion for the Blues. Because the Blues is in my soul’.”

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Chris Shepherd
Chris Shepherd

“Changing the world one Blues song at a time.”

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Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

“The blues is nothin' but life.”

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Little Dylan Triplett
Little Dylan Triplett

“If you ain’t living the blues, you ain’t singing the blues.”

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Eugene Johnson
Eugene Johnson

“I’m a firm believer in making a song my own.”

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Gene Jackson
Gene Jackson

“The blues gives me an open door to love what I'm doing for the world...it's my light in the dark when I'm down.”

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Henry Townsend
Henry Townsend

“As time pass, you progress whether you tryin’ to or not. Down through time, it applies to everybody: The more you work at it, the better you gotta get.”

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James “Super Chikan” Johnson
James “Super Chikan” Johnson
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Jesse Cotton Stone
Jesse Cotton Stone

“To me, blues music is a universal cathartic expression of the human condition. I know where it came from. But, I don’t care who you are, anybody can feel it.”

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Jontavious  Willis
Jontavious Willis

“The blues is the roots of American music and it’s great to explore the roots.”

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Jacinta “Ms. Hy-C” Branch-Griffin
Jacinta “Ms. Hy-C” Branch-Griffin

“Blues is a good Feeling that expresses how we live where you been and where you’re going.”

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Junior Kimbrough
Junior Kimbrough

“See, I have a different type of music from other peoples. They playing the other kind of blues, and I'm playing cotton-patch blues... Ain't nobody now can play the blues that I play.”

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Leo “Bud” Welch
Leo “Bud” Welch

“So, as long as I can, I want to go around the world trying to send satisfaction to people. Doing that is a great feeling to me.”

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Marquise Knox
Marquise Knox

“I want to be known and as big as B.B. King throughout the whole world. I want everyone to know about this kid that can play the blues as if I was there when it was made, and to show that the young kids can do something with their life.”

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Matt “The Rattlesnake” Lesch
Matt “The Rattlesnake” Lesch

"The blues is the basis of all modern music and it has changed my life forever. I don't know where I would be without it.”

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Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples

“Well Lord, I'm still on the case. I'm still doing what Dr. King and Pops want me to do. I'm still on that freedom highway, and I’m going to walk on it until Dr. King's dream is realized.”

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Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters

“I stone got crazy when I saw somebody run down them strings with a bottleneck. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I said that I had to learn.”

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Omar S. Gordon
Omar S. Gordon

“Music was kind of like a medicine for me. ‘Cause when I was depressed, I picked up my guitar and I practice and I practice and I say I’m going to get better and I’m going to play until I fall asleep or play until my fingers hurt and I can’t even feel the pain anymore.”

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R.L. Burnside
R.L. Burnside

“It's bad you know.”

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Renee Smith
Renee Smith

"It's going to be very warm here with the Holy Spirit, I tell ya."

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CAROL BOSS

Carol Boss, born and raised in a small town in south-central Missouri, has been a St. Louis resident since 1995. Before fulfilling her dream of becoming a full time visual artist in the fall of 2016, Carol was a successful digital illustrator and photography retoucher, as well as manager of Big George Brock. The decision to become a full time visual artist was made after upon meeting Sharon McConell-Dickerson along with a series of events that made her feel like she was being led to paint full time. Most of Carol’s time is spent with her family, making art and seeing music. She is known for several larger painting projects such as the musician wall mural at HWY 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen in Webster Groves as well as Big George Brock’s Blues Bus. Carol has always had a profound passion for painting and music, and she often combines the two. Influenced by Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh’s vibrant use of color and harsh brush strokes, Carol’s painting style is typically realistic in shape with bright accents of color. Her paintings often tell a story. Her most recent works focus on hope and the blues. When asked about her art she simply says, “I’m a painter.”