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Andrew L. Thompson

These paintings are a tribute to jazz and its importance in American History. The terminology of music and art are very similar; and I paint with the same emotions on canvas that jazz musician make with their notes in a musical score.

group session
cool blues
jazz patterns
visual jazz
smooth groove

Cool Blues
Cool Blues was inspired by listening to the “cool jazz” music of Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck. The major attributes of “cool jazz” is the imaginative and unusual arrangement of basic materials with form balanced structures. The many textures and rich cool colors in this painting suggest a similarity to the “cool jazz” style which has rich tone colors. Texture and balance of warm and cool colors are the key elements in making this painting visually pleasing