Not on social media? Here’s a look at what was happening this past week on the George Rodrigue Facebook Page.
Wendy Rodrigue visits the all-NEW Blue Dog Cafe in Lake Charles, Louisiana this week, catching up with co-owners Steve Santillo and André Rodrigue.
The restaurant, based on the original location in Lafayette, is full of large-scale artwork by George Rodrigue, as well as memorabilia and photographs from his archives.
See his collection of Blue Dog Mardi Gras silkscreens over the years HERE.
For pricing and availability contact Rodrigue Studio.
At 3 a.m., in one hour— without model, photograph, or mahlstick— George Rodrigue painted Jolie Blonde. She came out of his head and onto his canvas, quickly and with loose brushstrokes, painted entirely for himself, without a collector standing by. Read more.
Pictured: “Jolie Blonde” 1974 by George Rodrigue, oil on canvas, 24×18 inches. Now available as an estate-stamped Fine Art print. Contact Rodrigue Studio for details.
In art school George Rodrigue’s teachers described him as a “colorist,” an ironic title when one considers his black oak trees from the 1970s. Yet he often explained that even his dark landscapes required a palette full of color.
Rodrigue’s shift from oil paint to acrylic in the early 1990s made his love for primary colors more obvious, and over the years his canvases grew brighter and brighter.
Pictured: “I Have a Color-full Life” (as George spelled the title on the back of his canvas) 2013 by George Rodrigue, acrylic on canvas, 30×40 inches
This Thursday, Jan 28th— Join Wendy Rodrigue with George Rodrigue’s sons André and Jacques at the Bayou Teche Museum in the artist’s hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana, where they unveil a special exhibition of his “Saga of the Acadians.”
Pictured: George Rodrigue with his “Saga of the Acadians,” a visual retelling of the Cajun history painted between 1985-1989. Acadiana Center for the Arts, 2009.
George Rodrigue painted swirls in the same way he painted flowers. The two are interchangeable in many cases, both simple elements that combine well with the strong Blue Dog shape.
Whereas the flowers often reference the eyes and seeing, the swirl is even more abstract in its concept relating to the cosmos, the universe, or even a hurricane. Read more.
See this original work on paper (2001, 22×19 inches), now on view at Rodrigue Studio, New Orleans. For pricing, contact Rodrigue Studio.