James talks on a range of subjects from his artistic beginnings, France, Jazz Fest and more.
James discusses with Doug MacCash his motivations and insights behind his creating the original painting for the 2013 Jazz Fest poster.
James Michalopoulos was commissioned to create the original painting for the 2013 Jazz Fest poster. His subject, Aaron Neville, is captured in a poignant moment of spiritual release. Read more: http://www.nola.com/arts/index.ssf/2013/01/jazz_fest_2013_poster_features.html
A dynamic group of five towering sculptures is installed on the neutral ground at the intersection of Veterans and Severn in Metairie. Click the link for full story:
The Times-Picayune goes behind the canvas with James at his studio as he shares the alternatives of Allen Toussaint that he has depicted for the 2009 Jazz & Heritage Festival poster. Different angles, avenues and ideas have led James to paint multiple generations of Toussaint in various shades of “New Orleans.” James’ final adaptation was chosen for this year’s festival.
Today was a day of design. I worked on adding two bedrooms to my loft-like home. We have three children in the house and the boys who have always slept in the same room now need to have separate diggs. I used to work in the front room of my home. Now my studio is down the street. I’m converting the space into bedrooms. I’ve decided on a plan to bisect the triangular space and create two uniquely shaped bedrooms. I’m going to cover the walls in a patchwork of found materials. We will build a lintel over the door that lights up and a “cave passage” into the home. Check out the before shots here today. Check back in about a week for the after shots. This will be fun.
Wow. I survived the Krewe de Vieux parade and ball. The theme-Inaugural Balls. The men were women and the women men. I will need psychotherapy. Just kidding, I took to it like a fish to well, maybe, corn oil. We marched for about two hours and saw thousands of people. We had the ball at the Colton School. We spent the next day recovering. After all here comes the Voodoo Ballerina and MOM’s Ball. We prepped for the Ballerina today. I’ll post photos of the site prep. It’s a big ball with maybe 700 or so artsy types that celebrate costuming and celebration. Celebrating celebrating. I celebrate them if only because they so brazenly celebrate celebration. I love to costume. It’s work and play at the same time. The act of dressing is a communion with your unconsciousness. It’s a mind dance with yourself. It’s an act that is declarative, creative, egoic…Or maybe you decide to hide. You’re something, or rather there is something and that’s you, or constructed from you. But you can act out. Your hidden and transformed. Do you like to dance. Come on out. Let’s dance.