Artist Name: Eli Vega
Title of Artwork: The Banjo Lesson
Eli Vega, born in a railroad boxcar, offers a variety of classes and workshops, is an award-winning photographer and author, and provides photographic services to the hospitality industry and other businesses. His work has appeared on postcards, calendars, magazines, and tourism publications.
This photographic image is part of my 2-year project, “Renditions of Famous Paintings.” It’s my rendition of Henry Ossawa Tanner’s painting, “The Banjo Lesson”. It depicts/represents the historic racial culture of Arkansas and the south—a way to make life feel just a little easier, through music. I take an artistic approach to my photography. I don’t see with my eyes; I see with my imagination. By doing so, I can see something before I see it, which helps me to make the common, uncommon; the mundane, insane. I translate feelings and moods into my photo images.
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