This painting is a celebration of Thelonious Monk and his musical genius. One of the original progressive artist of the "BeBop” era of the forties, along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
It wasn’t easy being Monk. His unorthodox approach to piano and challenging compositions were ridiculed for decades, while others garnered praise for the barriers he crashed. Personified by the hipster goatee he sported and the collection of French berets, Chinese skullcaps, and small “pork pie” fedoras he pioneered, sadly received more press than his break-through music throughout most of his career.
Monk’s image as the ‘High Priest of Bebop’ — appealed to the Beats (50’s-60’s counter-culture) and Time Magazine reached a non-jazz and predominantly white audience, having the image of Monk on the cover would reinforce the stereotypes whites had for Black jazz musicians. Monk’s response was “...I’m famous, ain’t that a bitch!”
Medium: Pastel Chalk, Colored Pencils
If you ever have any issues with your purchases, framing, hanging, and admiring your art, please contact us immediately. Depending on the circumstance, we may offer virtual consultations before agreeing to accept the returned art.
All art pieces will be shipped within a maximum of three (3) days after receiving purchase confirmation. All pieces are secured and carefully wrapped for transport. Our company uses multiple shipping vendors including USPS, FedEx, and UPS. Tracking numbers will be sent to customers upon receipt.
Please note that contactless delivery or pickup is available in the Chicagoland area.