The joy of listening to Jimi Hendrix

A wild and lyrical abstract painting

Abstract painting - The joy of listening to Jimi Hendrix
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I was in my early teens when I first really listened to Jimi Hendrix. His group The Jimi Hendrix Experience were a trio of incredible musicians who challenged my notion of what great music was.

  • Jimi was a profoundly creative person. His musical skillset was legendary but I regard his poetry (the lyrics he wrote) to be on the same level. He tackled a variety of subjects that went beyond the normal pop music realm and explored what was possible.
  • For every young modern poppity pop star they should shut their fuckin mouth when they come to blowing their own trumpet. They’re ants next to a giant.
  • You hear me Kanye West? (or Ye)


Dimensions: 60x90cm.
Painted: 2018.
Materials: Acrylic and enamel on MDF board.
Availability: For sale $1500.

The story behind The Joy of Listening to Jimi Hendrix

Very few people have had as strong an impact on me as Jimi Hendrix. At around the age of ten, I first heard the incredible music of The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The sheer sense of wild and unrestrained joy that the musical trio produced has had a profound effect on me. The guitar playing by Hendrix was so masterful, dynamic and creative it made me realize that to be celebrated as an artist you have to –

  1. Master the skill set for the chosen art form.
  2. Understand the history of that art form.
  3. Take all the talent and passion you possess and create new art by building on what has gone before.

Jimi Hendrix played a guitar style that was influenced by rhythm and blues. He added an incredible array of new techniques to create something so vastly different from anything that had gone before but still had a solid underlying bluesy feel to it.

I wanted to pay homage to Jimi – the sound of his guitar playing is so wild, joyful, and dynamic it is best represented in an abstract expressionist painting. So I started with a black background and then proceeded to add a wild, unrestrained array of bright, colorful shapes, lines, splats, and marks – whose forms are just like the intricate and beautiful music Jimi created -interwoven, complex, dynamic and masterful.

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