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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

Jazz Patterns
Jazz Patterns is an abstract composition consisting of many geometric shapes and progressions of colors. The rhythmic patterns were inspired by listening to jazz artists such as John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman (of Fort Worth), who is credited with originating the “Free Jazz Movement.” In the U.S., “free jazz” coincided with the Civil Right Movement and the “Avant-garde” scene. Abstract artists like Jackson Pollock and others often painted and listened to this music for inspiration.