Piece description from the artist
This is an original oil jazz painting by artist Christopher Clark. The music of Louis Armstrong was legendary and pioneering in the world of jazz. From his early new orleans and creole style, to one of the earliest jazz artists recording scat vocals, to his later timeless jazz hits like "Wonderful World" and "Dancing Cheek to Cheek", Louis has inspired many a musician and dancer.
I've been really getting into painting heavily with a palette knife lately, and I just love the effects it produced on this one: sharp edges, interesting and unpredictable color mixing, lots of paint texture moving around everywhere. The background red/black was done with a large brush with a few layers of paint before Louis and the dancers were added on with strictly palette knife work.
Christopher Clark specializes in oil paintings of many subjects: romance, dancing, music, Italy, animals, and cityscapes. His impressionist style is compelled by bold brushwork, brilliant colors, and a luminous sense of light.
Christopher Clark has studied art his entire life, ever since he was a boy watching Bob Ross painting shows on TV (that wacky guy with the afro painting "happy little trees"). His art studies and travels have taken him all over the world in pursuit of culture, art knowledge, and painting subjects.
Christopher's favorite subject to paint is light itself, meaning anything becomes a beautiful subject if the light is stunning. Christopher's paintings are collected all over the world, and he is available for commissions of all kinds.