Pascagoula painter is a real ‘performing’ artist
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – We’ve all listened to music, but how many of us can say we’ve seen music? That’s unless we’ve seen the work of Jackson County artist Robby Amonett.
Amonett has developed a unique painting style where he attends performances and tries to capture the energy and excitement of these performances on canvas. At the moment, his work is exhibited at Gulfport.
From country to punk rock, from rap to jazz, Robby Amonett transforms musical notes into brushstrokes.
âI love all music. I started out doing mostly jazz and rock and I did classical,â Amonett said. “I painted a symphony, a chamber orchestra, any kind of music.”
Amonett paints music, but he doesn’t do it in an art studio. He goes to bars, restaurants and other concert halls to watch live shows. While the musicians take the stage, Amonett pulls out his acrylics.
âWatching a live performance, there is something special about a live performance that you can’t get from a tape,â Amonett said. âInstead of painting from a photograph, when you paint live you get the essence. A songwriter, they sit there and the music is more of a feeling of the story of the song. is calmer music, so the painting is calmer, but if you go to punk rock shows, it’s very intense so the painting will be intense. “
In order to be able to see music, Amonett said that a person must understand the relationship between sound and light.
âPainting is pulling light out of something, and of course music is sound, so they kind of intertwine,â Amonett said. âThe psychology of color correlates with sound. I guess Jimmy Hendrix said he heard purple when he played. I kind of hear the colors, so I’m trying to translate that into painting. “
Amonett also spent several years painting a series of jazz paintings. For this, he was inspired to look at photographs of jazz legends and, of course, to listen to their music.
“I used live recordings, so it was technically live music, but it was live recorded music. I listened to the same 12 artists for six months and never got tired of it.” , said Amonett. “It was a very intense and in-depth listening to jazz music.”
He said he strongly believes in Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky’s theory that all art forms are interconnected.
âHumanity, we are all human. The desire to communicate in whatever medium you choose, to show our human side,â Amonett said.
Amonett travels all the way up the Gulf Coast to Jackson and even to Nashville painting live shows. Some of his work is currently part of an exhibition called “Scenes from a Stage,” which is now on display at the Jefferson Davis campus of Mississippi Coast Community College. The exhibition will be open until October 18.
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