Prince

Paul Meijering  Acrylic Painting  21st Century

There is very little I can type about Prince Rogers Nelson that hasn’t been typed or said a million times today, so I’m going to keep this one short.  The Minneapolis native was a prolific artist with eight Grammy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and one Oscar.  His parents, both of which were jazz artists, fostered his talent from an early age.  For the last 15 years he has also been an active Jehovah’s Witness.

He is one of the most underrated guitarists of our time, possibly of all time.  I would strongly encourage you to bust out all your old Prince CD’s, Cassettes, and LP’s and listen to the amazing guitar solos and riffs.  He wasn’t just a voice, he was an amazing guitarist, as well as percussionist, bassist, pianist, fashion icon, and music business icon.  His impact on modern American music will continue to be present for generations.

Paul Meijering is a Dutch portrait artist most well known for his football (soccer) portraits.  He has painted numerous musicians, movie stars, and sports stars, and pop culture icons.  I love the angle and perspective in this painting.  It gives the feeling of sitting in the front row of a Prince concert, looking up at the flamboyant costume, the perfect skin, and that amazing guitar.

Generally, Jehovah’s Witness do not believe in life after death. According to jw.org, “We are mortal and do not survive the death of our body. The life we enjoy is like the flame of a candle. When the flame is put out, it does not go anywhere. It is simply gone.”  Prince’s flame may have gone out, but he is not gone.  Prince will live on forever through all of those he influenced.  Rest well, our dear Prince.

 

 

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