This street painting was commissioned as the featured artwork for the 2016 Art Along the Rogue Festival. It features the renowned musician and activist Nina Simone for the festival’s 2016 theme of “Legends”. Nina Simone is an icon of American music and was know as The High Priestess of Soul.
Deeply affected by Mississippi bombings of the 60’s and the Civil Rights Movement taking place during her career, she began using her musical prowess to sing of injustice in her communities and nation. These protest songs were controversial to her jazz career yet her passion to tell the stories unheard through music was stronger than fame. This street painting is an homage to such a great woman whose MIGHT has inspired thousands of artists, activists and those who have heard her music.
This art style is called Madonnari after the tradition of Renaissance artists painting from the church to the streets on their hands and knees.
In 20 hours over 2 days my team and I completed my design for the street art festival, using chalk pastel in the lineage of traditional Madonnari street painters.