Bill Evans

Chick Corea

Cornelis Vreeswijk

Beyoncé

Louis Armstrong

Keith Jarrett

Marilyne Monroe

Miles Davis

Bob Dylan

John Coltrane

Aritha Franklin

Chet Baker

Thelonious Monk

Billie Holiday

Charlie Parker

Ella Fitzgerald

Nat King Cole

Johnny Cash

Marilyn Monroe

We mainly know Norma Jean from the beauty that she was, which she also propagated with passion in her role as Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn played her character gloriously and gracefully, but beyond her beauty she was not happy deep down. With this painting I was looking for her natural appearance that she had as a beautiful person, not the constant smile on her face that you see everywhere and always.

I was about 9 years old when I saw the movie "Some like it hot" and was immediately sold by Marilyn. She was the most attractive woman I had ever seen. Then I saw her perform in a documentary for a group of soldiers and I soon realized that I was not the only one who fell for her charms. "Happy birthday Mr. president 'was something like the first moon landing to me.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Johnnie Cash

A man with many contradictions: traditional and rebellious, a godly Christian and a rebellious freebooter, but as always more than the icon and the "outlaw" that the media made of him. Like his father, Cash was looking for an anesthetic solution through alcohol and drugs that he struggled with until 2000. Light and shadow go hand in hand. His last clip "Hurt" is heartbreaking, it shows the broken Johnnie who, looking back at his life, saw everything he loved fall away.

The many facets of Johnny Cash's personality are carved into the folds of his face. Just like writing songs with often a dark undertone are part of this. I have included these many facets and darkness in the portrait. A very powerful look that seems to look right through you. A very interesting sight to paint.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Bob Dylan

Painted after the documentary "Rolling Thunder Revue" in which a time frame of Dylan is staged by Martin Scoresse. In which fiction and non-fiction run together and there is no clear plot. The white-painted face of Dylan - inspired by the "Japanese Kabuki make-up" - gave him a white canvas, an empty mask, on which the public could project everything. Characteristic also for Dylan, because which artist wants to be placed in a box, certainly not Dylan. During the painting I discovered that it was precisely through the whitening of his skin that it became Bob Dylan, through his eyes that are so characteristic.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Miles Davis

Miles Davis has a very characteristic face in my eyes. I wanted to record that in this close-up, so that you enter this brilliant man - "the Picasso of the Jazz" - with his eventful life even stronger. His fist brings depth and character.

Miles ’'Kind of Blue', my father played that record so often when I was a kid and when I didn't love Jazz yet. Only later did my love for jazz develop when I started it myself. Not everything from Miles's repertoire was nice to listen to, Miles was known for his innovative styles of Jazz in which he formed the pivot: bop, cool jazz, modal jazz and jazz-rock fusion. He later also used trumpet distortions with effects. That sometimes felt like barbed wire. Not anymore.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Chet Baker

In this portrait I have shown the deep focus of Chet. Completely connected to his trumpet, often undisturbed and one with the music. To Chet the following applies: beauty by the grace of imperfection, also in his voice. This feeling and emotion are in this painting. Sometimes it is disastrous to work out details; disastrous for the atmosphere and emotion. A voice that skips for a moment, a tone that starts tender and ends pure and powerful. That's the same with painting; you have to stop at the right time and don't work out certain details.

Chet Baker, I grew up with it. Music that never bores and in which you always discover something new. A flawless music memory and every note equally touched. The summer feeling with every tone of Chet, instantly recognizable after one tone. The documentary "Let's get Lost", a must to have seen, especially because of the atmosphere in which you experience a period of his life as if in a dream flight.

Chet was not innovative, but what he did was intimate and subdued and testified to great ingenuity in the field of melody and hues. See also the painting of the young "Chet & Halema" and Stan Getz & Chet Baker.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Thelonious Monk

Monk an innovative genius on piano, a fighter against the current, at a time when it was fashionable to play fast, he chose to go his own way. In the 1940s, he formed a progressive group of musicians to make modern jazz with saxophonist Charlie Parker, drummer Kenny Clarke, bassist Oscar Pettiford and guitarist Charlie Christian.

Monk was known for his eccentric traits. For example, he danced around the piano, fell asleep on the keyboard, stared at nothing during performances, and wore strange hats. Like many jazz icons, Monk had a tough childhood with a lot of poverty and did not earn much, even when he was known.

Monk remained strongly connected with his family and environment and did everything for this, I portrayed this sweet Monk with his beautiful individuality.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

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Louis Armstrong

This painting is the story of the clown wiping his face paint, the breaking down of the market after a busy day, the autumn that allows the trees to rest after a long heat. Louis played his last note after a debilitating tour ... the smile is tired, his lips broken. Peace.

This is what went on inside me when I made this Satchmo painting. An artist with much more depth than the entertainer he showed in front of the camera and on stage. Where you can see the pain in the face at Billie Holiday, this is hidden behind Louis by the entertainer's mask. In this painting he takes off this mask for a moment and we see that depth with a different side of Louis.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Charlie Parker

Charlie (Bird) Parker was one of the founders of the Bebop Jazz. His passionate music and style of playing, passed on to improvisation, constituted a true revolution in Jazz.

Charlie Parker's life was turbulent; his father left him at a young age and his mother worked night shifts. At the age of 15 he left school and entered the professional music circuit. He learned everything through good listening, intensive practice and his drive to experiment. Unfortunately, the move to music was also accompanied by drugs. Intensive drug use took its toll, he died young and without money.

His passion for and intensity in the game are contained in this painting.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Billie Holiday

Billie had the power to be very personal through the emotions in her face. One of my favorite recordings of her is 'Fine and Mellow'. This portrait is a screenshot of that. When you see her singing, you can tell from her face what she is singing about. I didn't have to crawl into her skin either, everything was already present on the surface. This is because I have known her through image and sound for so long.

As a little boy I became acquainted with Billie's music, especially my mother loved her. When I think back to this, her music never bored. Her voice reflects such direct emotions and never becomes flat or dull. Billie thought she sounded like an old lady "Me and my old voice," she said in an interview. But what an old voice.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Ella Fitzgerald  (Sold)

Ella was very shy and would rather sing than speak in public. In it she played the cheerful unbreakable facade to the audience. She was able to keep her traumatic childhood and past almost her entire life to herself. From her eyes the hidden past speaks, the rest of her face shows the certainty of the Ella that shines on stage.

Ella has won so many prizes, sung with all the greats, best songbook interpreter of the more than 250 'Great American Songbook', is famous for her great talent for improvisation and scatsing (with or without Armstrong). Just an honor to have painted her.

Do you like this painting by Ella Fitzgerald? I can make a new one in the same atmosphere. It is never exactly the same because that is not my style, Every painting is unique and different.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

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Do you like this painting by Ella Fitzgerald? I can make a new one in the same atmosphere. Not exactly the same because that is not my style, so I make it a bit different.

John Coltrane

This portrait shows the inspiration for Coltrane's play, with the drops of sweat on his forehead approaching and his powerful gaze.

The music of Coltrane brings you into higher spheres, because of its fast playing (learned from Monk), its character, the power of its music and its awesome creativity. He is seen as one of the most influential jazz artists of all time.

See also the painting of John & Alice Coltrane his second wife, a great Jazz pianist and harpist with a very unique sound. John and Alice inspired and influenced each other in each other's work.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Keith Jarrett

Keith is a fantastic jazz pianist with a characteristic sound that you immediately recognize as a jazz connoisseur. Played with greats such as Art Blakey, Charles LIoyd and Miles Davis. Both as a group leader and as a soloist, he takes you along in his playing and impresses with his charismatic non-verbal and verbal expressions.

This painting is inspired by a slide of one of his performances, in which his characteristic "groans" can be felt, something that is nothing but the passion for the game in which he sits. The reflections in his glasses form the magic and movement that he produces.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Aritha Franklin

What a woman, what a voice with a warmth that she managed to convey to the audience. I have captured this embracing warmth in this painting of her. With warm ocher colors, enhanced by the complementary purple color of her sweater. Her hand towards her throat chakra, with which I indicate that she sings uninhibited. 'The queen of soul' should not be missing from this list.

Beautiful is "Amazing Grace" as only she could sing and her role in "The Blues Brothers" with the song "Respect" both legendary performances.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Chick Corea

On the striking face of Chick you can literally read the creativity, I captured this with this portrait. You cannot ignore his personality, just as you cannot ignore his music.

22-Time Grammy-Winning Jazz Legend, 63 nominations for the Grammy Awards, and three Latin Grammy Awards. Chick Corea started playing the piano at the age of four and collaborated with many artists such as Stan Getz, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. Enjoyment is also 'Chick Corea & The Spanish Hearth Band'. I've always seen him as "Mr. jazz fusion 'for the Latin styles he made. This is what I also appreciate about Stan Getz.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Beyoncé Knowles

I was already a Beyoncé fan when Destiny Child was just starting out and was totally flabbergasted when I first saw 'Crazy in Love', her first solo performance. What a power and energy! For me and many with me it was immediately clear that she would become a world star. Her role in 'Cadillac Records' as 'Etta James' proved to me that she can also act well. That role was made for her. What a multi-talent. She is glamorous in every respect, but represents much more than the role she plays.

For this painting I have chosen to emphasize her 'power'. Her eyes didn't even have to be open to that. To me she is like a natural goddess with a charismatic gaze. I deliberately did not make her too smooth as often on photos.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Bill Evans

I painted Bill Evans in what he was and how he was. The composing, his big hands, the improvising, the depth of his playing and the power of his gaze; you can see them all in this portrait. He is there, although he does not look at you. Bill Evans was able to play chords like virtually no pianist could / cannot match.

His classical background combined with jazz and his incredible talent for improvisation make him one of the greatest jazz pianists. He initially played 'in the background' with all kinds of combinations. Only later did he form his own 'Bill Evans trio'.

When listening to his music, you immediately hear that it is Evans: Autum Leaves, My foolish Heart, So What, Waltz for Debbie and the beautiful Peace Piece are some of his leading songs.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Cornelis Vreeswijk

Cornelis Vreeswijk had little success in the Netherlands, but he has become very famous in Sweden and he is still there. Not so strange, with its fine voice and strong lyrics. A striking troubadour who had a rather turbulent life in private. In my view, Cornelis was primarily a wonderful storyteller, with songs in which he spoke more often than sang.

In the painting I mainly brought the cheerfulness of this life artist. He was also known for his sexually tinted texts, hence his somewhat naughty look. A playful image in my view with the cat there.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole, I have admired this genius since I was young, with his great voice and timing and because he is a great jazz pianist. Nat was above all a very nice, loyal man, always well dressed, with a great sense of justice. The moment you hear him sing, he immediately falls into the class Bing Cosby, Sinatra and Dean Martin. Perhaps even a class higher, because Nat King Cole is the most out of here for me.

I painted it with its characteristic but mostly authentic smile. The color green that you see back symbolizes for me its peaceful and harmonious character.
Size: 40 x 50 cm / 15,7 x 19,7 Inch

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