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Syncopated Improvisation with Tepid Tones of Black&Brown

Copyright David G. Wilson

Acrylic on canvas,1999,72"x85"; Collection of the artist.


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Syncopated Improvisation with Tepid Tones of Black and Brown
represents the true African origins of Jazz music. The contributions of African people to Western culture is seldom acknowledged or, in most cases, minimized. So it is imperative that people of African descent celebrate the few contributions that Western culture and its historians acknowledge to the world to be of Afrocentric origin. Many an African contribution is frequently attributed to people of other cultures or it is more frequently hidden or left out of history books.

In this painting, the theme of which was influenced by Picasso's *"The three musicians", I sought to "reflect" Picasso's indication that the popular music of the roaring twenties was of African origin (his figures are clearly black), just as his cubism was influenced by African Art.

The mirrors at the corner of the room "reflect" the facial configuration of the central figure. They accompany him with their respective instruments to produce the imcomparable tepid tones of Black and Brown people.

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