Larry Reid and John Ohannesian collaborated on "Black Elvis" for the "Elvistravaganza" exhibition at Bumbershoot over Labor Day weekend. It's intended as a subtle comment on Sun Studio founder Sam Phillips' alleged efforts to record "a white boy playing black music."
In honor of the 35th anniversary of Elvis's death today here is a painting I just completed. It is for an art show coming up at Seattle's Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival over Labor Day weekend. The show is called "Elvistravaganza! The King Returns to Seattle!" Thanks to my former Cornish teacher Jo David for asking me to be a part of it. The lineup of artists is incredible.
It marks the 50th anniversary of the Space Needle built in 1962 and the same year Elvis visited Seattle to film the movie "It Happened at the World's Fair". My piece was inspired by an actual souvenir Space Needle pen from 1962 that went back on sale this year. The creator had some lying around these many years. So if you buy the painting ($500) you get a pen! Elvis really did love Seattle and so do I.