Janis Joplin was like a red hot burning ember: very bright and powerful, but short lived. In the few short years that she was with us on a public stage we were constantly awed at her talent. Now, over 30 years since her untimely death, her music and persona still top the charts. The legacy of Janis is stronger now than ever.
We now are once again blown away when we see that she was also a very accomplished visual artist. Although the body of work that she did in those few years is limited, the works show us a very talented artist that is able to achieve a very strong communication in her paintings and drawings.
Janis’s first love was art and fashion design. She once quipped to brother, very early in her singing career, that she only did the singing gigs to help pay for art supplies.
The piece “Shuckling” is a self portrait referring to an old phrase used by blues musicians referring to shuffling along in melancholy mood. The piece “Drafted” is a friend of Janis that has been drafted and is to report for the Army on February 3rd circa 1965. The larger canvas paintings are very classic in nature.
All works are accompanied with a certificate of authenticity from the Joplin Estate.