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Big James Brown

Piece description from the artist

“Big James Brown” is one of the largest paintings I have completed to date. It’s also one of my favorites, because of the back story behind the James Brown image I used. In 1969, my father was a freshman at UCLA. Throughout college, he worked as a staff photographer for the athletics department and a freelance photographer for various magazines and publications.

That year, at the age of 19, my dad got the opportunity to photograph James Brown and the Louis Bellson Orchestra, during the recording of “Soul on Top.” While James Brown’s staff photographer remained timid and out of the way at the recording session, my dad boldly got up close and personal with the band and Brown.

Shortly after the reference photograph of Brown was taken, the recording engineer had to stop the recording because the camera clicks were being picked up by the microphone. All of the songs were recorded by a single take (with a full orchestra) so the everyone had to start from the top.

Despite having to start the song over, Brown’s team was thrilled with my dad’s photographs, and many decades later, so am I! I love working with my dad’s photographs to create my portraits.

NOTE: This artwork is on UNSTRETCHED canvas. It can be hung as-is, or it can be stretched over stretcher bars (recommended). If you need helping finding a company or individual to stretch the canvas in your local area, I am happy to find or refer one.

Other works by Blake Jamieson

About Blake Jamieson

New York, NY

Blake Jamieson is a pop artist from San Francisco, California. His vibrant pop art portraits are inspired by street art. Jamieson has painted portraits for over 150 professional athletes and celebrities, including Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), Joe Montana (San Francisco 49ers), Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent), Rick Harrison (Pawn Stars), and more.

Jamieson’s collectors span the globe, with works in the US, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Dubai, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Jamieson recently moved to Manhattan, NY, and set up a second art studio in Long Island City. In his NY studio, Jamieson hosts a monthly cocktail brunch and open studio. Email blake@blakejamieson.com if you’d like to be invited to the next event.

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