Piece description from the artist
One of the greatest jazz singers ever known. An iconic figure who always performed with fresh gardenias in her hair and her sultry voice and phrasing was one of a kind.
With an art background that dates back to his days at Oakland High School, Larry Richardson's history is as colorful and varied as his paintings. Richardson was awarded a full scholarship to the California College of Arts and Crafts, but was unable to attend as he needed to work to support his family. As a result, Larry joined the Navy shortly after high school graduation.
After returning from service in the far east, he was granted a partial scholarship to the California College of Arts and Crafts. Shortly thereafter, Larry left his studies to become part of the civil rights movement. After traveling through the south and concluding his work in the movement with the "March on Washington":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_on_Washington_for_Jobs_and_Freedom, Richardson had the honor of being present during the historical "I Have a Dream":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Have_a_Dream speech, by Dr. Martin Luther King. Upon his return to California he continued to paint and entered many juried exhibitions.
In the late 1970s Larry assumed the position of deputy director for "Brockman Gallery Productions":http://alternativeprojections.com/data/organizationDetail.php?org=Brockman%20Gallery%20Productions, an arts resource center, and was instrumental in obtaining grants for the 1984 "Los Angeles Olympics Murals":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Four#Exhibitions_and_murals project. After a successful tenure as arts administrator, he returned to painting full-time.