By Eric A. Eliason
Jesus, matadors, panthers, bandits, Indians, motion picture stars, waifs, and, after all, Elvis are famous icons of the oft-despised, uber-kitsch paintings kind of black velvet portray. In Black Velvet Art writer Eric A. Eliason and photographer Scott Squire current a accomplished evaluate of this covertly-loved and overtly-reviled tradition.
In cooperation with a community of artists, creditors, importers, and gallery proprietors in Tijuana, l. a., Seattle, and Calgary, this publication attracts from the biggest survey of velvet portray ever undertaken. The ebook lines velvet's ancient improvement as a people artwork formed via either indigenous traditions in addition to Western client expectancies in such markets because the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and especially the U.S./Mexico border and the black velvet capital of Tijuana. In black velvet, classification and flavor problem paintings as a client phenomenon, democratic spirit faces down elitism, replica questions originality, and sexuality seduces and provokes religiosity.
What is most important approximately black velvet artwork to many american citizens is its signaling of the nadir of undesirable flavor. Black velvet is the ''anti-art'' in lots of methods. Eliason seeks to discover how and why black velvet serves this functionality and to envision methods it merits a sparkling redemption.
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Alone, bored, scared, and mentally altered by his drug regimen, he began haunting antique stores and flea markets for serendipitous finds and for something to do to occupy his unquiet mind. At one store, he peeked over a screen that seemed to be hiding something special and beheld a black velvet Elvis that immediately spoke to him. The intense colors jumped out at him, making it “the most beautiful thing. It was almost like a spiritual experience,” he said. Rick immediately bought it to “sparkle up” his dreary hospital room.
But hey, it sells, and the gallery owners like that. You know it is funny that Americans come to Tijuana to see Mexico, but this is the most American part of the country. The people here think like Americans. It’s always commerce all the time, always business. They own shops and think about profits and work. This defines the art scene here, too. ” Facing page: top: Romero, center, with gallery-owner family friends. bottom: Some of Romero’s portraiture: Geronimo and Jim Morrison. indd 33 11/4/10 4:04 PM Felix and the Corvette he customized himself circa 1975.
So they are not for sale. “I still do velvet from time to time for fun. It is such a quick and easy medium once you know what you are doing, especially with these modern paints that are easier to use and take less time to dry. So much better than the 1970s. On a white canvas, you have to put down black for any kind of shadow, and shadow is everywhere in virtually anything you might paint. This takes time and money, which is why velvet paintings are cheaper. ” Chuy takes a piece of paper and pokes holes in it to outline an image he has sketched on it.
Black Velvet Art by Eric A. Eliason