Rosetta: Gallery Edition of only 10 Portrait of Sister Rosetta Tharpe* Love this woman. This is an updated artwork, a continuation and the latest in a series of portraits of the amazing Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The Godmother of Rock'n'Roll.
Abstract, Pop Art and Typeface Composition: I wanted to create a portrait representing the pure power and energy - although essentially abstract - of this incredible artist.
These Gallery Editions are hand-signed by the artist personally (on the front) and include a unique Certificate of Authenticity. Sold as editions of only 10**
Type: Fine-Art Print
Materials: 100% Cotton Paper
Paper Type: Hahnemühle German Etching
Paper Size: Approx 26x23 inches
Image size: 20x20 inch (approx)
Gallery Edition of only 10
This artwork is sold unframed
Includes Certificate of Authenticity
Artwork will be shipped rolled in a secure tube.
* Excerpt from Mojo Article: Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s May 7, 1964 performance of 'Didn’t It Rain' at the abandoned Wilbraham Road rail station in Manchester’s Whalley Range, Blues And Gospel Train was Granada TV’s brave attempt to bring The American Folk Blues Festival to the north of England. With an audience of 300 beatnik teenagers seated on one railway platform, the space “across the tracks” was designed to resemble a rail station in the American Deep South, complete with horse-drawn carriages, hessian sacks, wooden crates, rocking chairs, and even a few goats and chickens. The line-up on the day featured Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, The Reverend Gary Davis , Cousin Joe Pleasants and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, but the performance that truly stands out, nearly fifty years on, is that of the 49 year-old sharecroppers’ daughter from Cottonplant, Arkansas.
Dressed for church, in dinky red wig hat and bright white diamante housecoat (with matching shoes and electric guitar), Tharpe captivates from the moment she strut-strides across the platform with “Uncle” Joe Pleasants, telling the rain-sodden crowd “how happy I am to be here”.
Schooled in Chicago’s Roberts Temple Church of God In Christ, as well as the lewd blues of Harlem’s Cotton Club, Tharpe was at home singing for a Tall Skinny Papa as she was belting out the spirituals, and her performances walk a playful knowing line between barrelhouse sauce and stomp-down Christian evangelism.
Tharpe went electric in 1947, and her finger-picking and string-bending playing style was a significant influenced on Chuck Berry, while her on-stage guitar wiggle reputedly influenced the young Elvis Presley.
**Signed as StewartHR aka Artist: Czar Catstick
Stewart works as 'The Emperor's New Clothes Collective' under various artist alter-egos including Czar Catstick, Jack Smith, Hertz Van Wental, Reverend Chicken McPoodle and Baxter Cane.