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2015 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Commemorative Poster
ABOUT THE ART
The imagery of jazz has always been one to capture artist Russ Wilson’s imagination – smoky, dimly lit clubs, classic suits and glowing neon lights. To create this piece, Wilson immersed himself in the Jacksonville jazz culture.
Once Wilson had a rough idea of the concept and composition for the piece, he took time and shot a series of reference shots, experimenting with various poses and lighting techniques. Using a family member’s 1961 Guild Hollow Body jazz guitar as well as friend and jazz trumpet player Dennis Marion as his model, Wilson created the art that is now the 2015 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Commemorative Poster.
It was important to Wilson to capture the Jacksonville jazz culture. The neon sign in the piece is loosely based on the Ritz Theatre marquee and the travel stickers on the guitar case represent local jazz venues from Jacksonville’s early days such as Globe, Strand, Roosevelt, and Manuel’s Tap Room. Wilson wanted the overall feel to be one of a warm summer night enveloping a vibrant downtown and sparkling riverfront.
The final art was painted in oil on canvas. Wilson has created well over 1,000 illustrations for a variety of local and national clients through the years, this was the first ever attempted in oil!
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Russ Wilson is a local artist who lives and works in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, creating illustration work 'from the ridiculous to the sublime'. He has also created several jazz related images for clients such as Bose and Seattle’s Best Coffee. Wilson’s fine art is shown at Stellers' Ponte Vedra, Driftwood in Jacksonville Beach, and The Framing Establishment in Ortega. His work can also be viewed online at t russwilsonart.com or russwilsonstudios.com
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