“Black Is The Colour of My True Love’s Hair (Colours in Songs XI)”

“Black Is The Colour of My True Love’s Hair (Colours in Songs XI)”, 2021. Acrylics on shaped canvas – 130x130cm.

After classic folk song – the hairdos are from photographs I could find of the people each interpret of the song was in a love relationship with at the time of recording. Lover – interpret – year recorded Rena Lipetz-Niles – John Jacob Niles – 1941 Helen Erhlich Ives – Burl Ives – 1944 John Huddleston – Jo Stafford – 1950 George Pickow – Jean Ritchie – 1952 Gordon Heath and Lee Payant – Duet and life-partners – 1955 Toshi Seeger – Pete Seeger – 1958 Don Ross – Nina Simone – 1959 Bob Dylan – Joan Baez – 1962 Clifford Jarvis – Patty Waters – 1965 Luciano Berio – Cathy Berberian – 1968 Alice Gerrard – Mike Seeger – 1971 Louis Nelson – Judy Collins – 1998 Graham Dunne – Niamh Parson – 2000 Sam Lakeman – Cara Dillon – 2001 Laurie Stirratt – Cary Hudson (Blue Mountain) – 2002 Diana Rogerson – Steven Stapleton (Nurse with Wound) – 2003 Colours in Songs is a series of shaped canvases litterally illustrating songs that mention one or more colour(s) in their titles or lyrics.

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“Black Is The Colour of My True Love’s Hair (Colours in Songs XI)”, 2021. Acrylics on shaped canvas – 130x130cm.