Picante del Turo Artwork by Will Barger

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New Media: Digital, Dye Transfer, Oil on Other.

Initially, I put a title of "Some Like It Hot" on this digital work, as both a nod to the famous golden-era movie AND to the fact that this is a somewhat abstract representation of three strings of dried jalapeño peppers hanging in an open-air market near Ensenada, Mexico.

But that work began as a possible background for a memorial portrait of an old conga-playing friend from my years in Austin, Texas. Arturo (Turo) Lomas Garza was, at the same time, one of the toughest guys and the sweetest souls you're likely to run across -- much of the former resulting from a two-year stint in State Prison, and the latter even more remarkable that he retained such a personality after doing hard time. (If you're not aware of what getting caught by the County Sheriff in 1970s South Texas with a couple of joints in your pocket could get you ... count yourself *blissfully* ignorant.)

Turo passed away unexpectedly in the spring of 2016, only having reached his mid-sixties. I suspect that the "rhythm of Heaven" is now just a little bit livelier.

Well .. I went another direction with the background for the portrait. But it seemed *necessary* somehow to rename this piece "Picante del Turo".

Requiem en Pace, compadre
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Like Turo, the edges of this work are left "rough" -- which is to say authentic and with little concern for any arbitrary confinement imposed by usual conventions. Your print will show this ragged edge, and this should be considered when anticipating matting or framing. If you choose a canvas, we suggest a white wrap for a bit of a "bought it straight off the artist's easel" look.


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Picante del Turo

Will Barger

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Size: 24 W x 30 H x 0.1 in

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