Connie Andrews Fine Art
Bringing Him to Life
Oil on canvas 21" x 30" by Connie Andrews - 2013
This piece depicts Preston Jackson bringing Richard Pryor “to life” in his studio in Peoria. It was painted from a series of photographs that I took of him in February at his studio in Peoria. Watching Preston work, with freeing music filling the space, is mesmerizing. Be it classical, jazz or the blues, he works with the music, molding the clay with his bare hands, then using the knife, he scrapes texture onto the surface or removes sections not needed to bring out the figure residing inside. This painting took on a life of it’s own as I was creating it. Look for three profiles of the sculptor.