A unique and one of a kind portrait of the famous and popular Belgian singer/songwriter and actor Jacques Brel.
My homage to this fantastic artist has been painted on a hand stretched and triple primed 40 x 40 cm box style canvas using professional artist grade acrylic paint. The thoughtful pose of the subject is reflected in the dark blues and blacks of the shadows whilst the emotional intensity of Brels lyrics and performance style is captured in the deep purples and pinks. A textured background completed with a palette knife adds a contemporary modern tone and complements the expressive quality of the finished piece.
Brel became a major influence on English-speaking songwriters and performers such as David Bowie, Alex Harvey, Leonard Cohen and Scott Walker to name but a few, selling over 25 million records worldwide.
He devoted the final years of his life to his passion for sailing, voyaging to circumnavigate the globe before his death in French Polynesia where he is buried just a few yeards away from the artist Paul Gauguin .