In ‘Homage to Ruben Blades,’ artist David Barnett celebrates the works of Panamanian Salsa musician and actor Rubén Blades. Seen here performing in concert, Blades takes center stage as a band of disembodied instruments like saxophones, cymbals, and congas accompany him from the background. Syncopated eighth notes mingle with the stage lights to create a fully audio-visual experience. Working within a long artistic tradition of pictorial representations of music, Barnett visualizes the sonic landscape of a Blades concert through a hybrid approach that combines watercolor painting, textual inscription, and giclée printing.
Giclée print on watercolor paper after 2000 color ink
8 x 10.75 inches, artwork
15.75 x 18.5 inches, frame
Signed and dated in lower right
Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting, UF5 Plexiglas to inhibit fading, and housed in a modern profile aged gold moulding.