Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Abstractions of the Soul

The Studio of Mike Tempo

Mike Tempo / Temple is a talented visual artist and musician that I have known for years.  I met Mike through my long-time radio partner, Juke Logan.  Tempo is a founding member of the Bonedaddys, a world-beat conglomeration of musicians who have been performing for more than 30 years.  Their music is joyous, mysterious and infectious all at the same time.  I was not surprised to learn that Mike was also a visual artist as well as an excellent percussionist.  Music=Art.

Bonedaddy, Mike

Artist, Mike

Larry and I recently changed up our living and dining rooms with new furniture.  We'll be painting these rooms a soft gray color.  We knew that we wanted a cool, abstract painting to hang above the couch.  I've been admiring the paintings that Tempo has been displaying on his Facebook page.  Yes!  We needed to have one of Mike's pieces in our collection.  I arranged a gallery visit for last Saturday.  

Mike's Zydeco Frottoir  sits among the paintings
The Percussion Section is in the garage

We had paintings spread out all over the yard!

Mike and Larry discussing how to photographically copy paintings

Wow! Tempo is a very prolific painter. It was difficult making a decision, but we narrowed our choices down to two.
"Day in L.A."  2014, 24 X 72
"Funky Bluesy ABC's"  2010, 36 X 60

Over the past few days, people have come over to our house and looked at both paintings. Larry and I both like both pieces, however we each have our favorite.  The deciding vote came in last night.  Gallery owner, art collector and scenester, Greg Escalante was over last night.  I asked for his professional opinion.  Greg said that our living room has a very "Mad Men" vibe and that  "Funky Bluesy ABC's" would look best. We will be painting the walls gray, moving the sconces and probably adding different throw pillows for a cohesive look. I'm very excited to own this original painting by Mike Tempo / Temple!
"Funky Bluesy ABC's"  2010, 36 X 60 

"Friend" Mike on Facebook so you can view more of his work and stay updated on his latest creations!

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At 3:52 PM PDT, Blogger Linda said...

Wonderful post. Thank you so much for sharing!

At 3:55 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Thanks for reading, Linda. I always appreciate comments!

At 7:39 PM PDT, Blogger ken bloom said...

Good choice!

At 8:32 PM PDT, Blogger Leah said...

My choice won! The photos are brighter than the real thing, something for Larry to think about when he does the photography work

At 11:08 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Leah, these are MY photos of the paintings. Don't worry, Larry has his photo-copying process down!


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