Shades of Hollywood
2001 by George Rodrigue
Acrylic on canvas
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.