Babylon - Portrait of David Gray (2016)
Pencil drawing by Linda Klein


  • Pencil drawing, Paper on board
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 24 × 24 × 2 in / 24 × 24 in (actual image size)
  • Signed on the front

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Linda Klein

United States

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Artist's description:

Music is an emotional diary. Listen to a song and it takes you instantly back to that place when you used to hear it all the time. David Gray's music recorded a very serious time in my life when my son was an 18 year old Marine, stationed as a frontline machine gunner overseas. The soldiers could not have contact with their families at this time so my only link to him was to follow the embedded news reporters with his unit. There was a period of time when I could not find his reporter or his unit in the news for many days. This song, Babylon, was playing at a local music store and I was so drawn to it that I purchased the CD and brought it home, listening to it over and over again. It gave me comfort some how. Later that week, I learned that my son was in Babylon.
Perhaps there really is a Universal Mind?

In addition to capturing the likeness and expression, creating bold shadows of shapes with many alternating layers of graphite, watercolor paints, and charcoal powders is important to me. This piece was influenced by the tonal and detailed qualities of an Andrew Wyeth painting.

This drawing is mounted on a wood panel and finished with an archival satin varnish providing a contemporary allure in a format that is protected and ready to hang. No glass or glare separates you from the image.

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Materials used:

Watercolor, Pencil

  • Ready to Hang