Shades of Hollywood

Shades of Hollywood
2001 by George Rodrigue
Acrylic on canvas
24×30 inches

Location: Carmel

An exceptional painting, now on view and available in conjunction with the new exhibition Rodrigue’s American Beach, opening Friday, June 16, 2017 in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Learn more

By 2001, following ten widely published books, plus large-scale projects for Neiman Marcus, Absolut Vodka, and Xerox Corporation, the Blue Dog was a well-established international Pop icon. In this dynamic work, Rodrigue paints the Blue Dog like a California movie star, its headshot backed not by the artist’s typical flat Louisiana Landscape, but rather by the Hollywood Hills.

“At the airport, I never expected two crazy women in a limo,” wrote Rodrigue alongside this painting in Blue Dog Love (Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, 2001), referring to a humorous, sunglasses-adorned ‘Hollywood-like groupies’ 1993 encounter in San Jose, California, with Sandra Crake and Rodrigue’s future wife, Wendy Wolfe, both of Galerie Blue Dog, Carmel-by-the-Sea.