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Painting: Oil on Canvas.
My painting "Pink Cadillac (Elvis at Graceland)" went through a process of change and revision. Like a time traveler drifting into the past, Pink Cadillac began in our present era and morphed as the painting shifted back into the 1950's. As if in a dream, I found myself in front of Graceland watching Elvis slowly walk away. Knowing that Bruce Springsteen had written his song "Fire" especially for Elvis, I listened to a mix of Bruce and Elvis as I painted. As Ray Connolly writes in "Being Elvis: A Lonely Life": "at the time of Elvis' death" Springsteen was trying to get the song to Elvis in Graceland. Springsteen never learned if it reached the King.
Elvis has indeed left the building, but the echo of his presence remains.
The city of Memphis itself tells many deeply American stories. Memphis can claim an important role in the development of the Blues and Rock n' Roll. The legend goes that W.C. Handy, who lived in Memphis from 1909-1917, wrote one of the earliest blues songs, St. Louis Blues, in a bar on Beale Street in 1912. During the 1940s and 1950s, Memphis was home to B.B. King, Junior Parker, Johnny Ace, and Joe Hill Louis. R&B and gospel music label Duke Records began in Memphis in 1952. Also in 1952, Sam Phillips started Sun Records, the seminal early rock and blues home. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Ike Turner, and Roy Orbison created powerful early recordings at Sun Studio.
Honored that "Pink Cadillac" has been chosen by Victoria Kennedy for the inspired by Gerhard Richter collection. Link at https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Photography-Drawing/Inspired-by-Gerhard-Ritcher/966144/271879/view
Size: 30 W x 24 H x 2 in
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