Abstract painting - The joy of listening to Jimi Hendrix

Title: The joy of listening to Jimi Hendrix
Materials: Acrylic and enamel on MDF board
Dimensions: 60 x 90 cm
Painted: 2018

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The story behind

The joy of listening to Jimi Hendrix

Very few people have had as strong an impact on Bert Ernie as Jimi Hendrix. At around the age of ten Bert 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 Bert Ernie.

The guitar playing by Hendrix was so masterful, dynamic and creative it made a young Bert 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 they 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.

Bert 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 painting. A painting that has a black background and is full of brilliant colorful shapes, lines, splats, and marks. These forms dance in an unbridled dance to the music of a great artist.


Bert strives to create beautiful art. He wants people to see the actual painted surface as being incredibly beautiful with its dense array of colourful splotches, flicks, dabs and runs.
Secondary to that is the crazy story and image behind the work.


  • Using a paintbrush to paint a stroke, dot or line
  • Flicking paint from a loaded brush
  • Using a finger to manipulate paint already on the surface
  • Dropping a droplet of paint from a brush
  • Pouring an amount of paint into a puddle
  • Tilting the board to make wet paint run across the board
  • Adding oil based paint to acrylic paint
  • Using a syringe to squirt paint in a direction
  • Using a syringe to drop a droplet of paint
  • Using a large brush to apply paint to a large area
  • Removing half dry paint off by washing painting off with a hose
  • Removing and smudging paint with a rag
  • Using a can of spray paint

Bert’s compositional approach is very much like taking a photographic image and tearing it up into small strips, shapes, confetti like circular pieces and throwing them up into the air. Only to have them fall in a completely random manner on the board. Each piece of the torn photo occupying it’s own space, and all the pieces landing in the original image space.

Bert’s abstract paintings are just a torn imaginary photograph.

From the mind of a complete and utter lunatic.

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