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“Legends in Jazz”
Midnight Jazz art series
150 x 400 cm / poliptych, mixed media on aluminum panel, backlight, 2023.
(Catalogue Number: DSC_4146-50)
About the Artwork:
"In my journey through art, I've always been drawn to the soulful echoes of jazz. 'Legends in Jazz' abstract painting is a visual ode to those timeless melodies, the passionate performers, and the hazy, enchanted evenings where music becomes more than just sound — it becomes an emotion, a memory, a shared heartbeat. Through each brushstroke, I sought to capture the essence of jazz, its rhythm, its spirit, and its indomitable power to move us."
The painting was created with acrylic paints on a uniquely textured composite aluminum panel.
Thanks to the use of spacers, the artwork “floats” on the wall in an aura of beautiful light, made possible by the app-controlled LED backlighting.
"Legends in Jazz," a mesmerizing piece from Andrew Manaylo's Midnight Jazz art series, is a symphony of textures and tonalities, evoking the tumultuous and ethereal essence of jazz itself. At first glance, the canvas is an enigmatic swirl of silvers and charcoals, punctuated by audacious streaks of burnt sienna and luminescent whites. The poliptych arrangement of the painting invites a narrative reading, suggesting the dual nature of jazz as both disciplined and improvisational, structured and free-form.
The work's masterful blend of abstraction and figuration is reminiscent of the smoke-filled jazz clubs of yore, where silhouettes of musicians melded into the shadows, only to be spotlighted in a moment of radiant brilliance. The elusive presence of instruments and performers, hinted at through fragmented forms, adds a sense of depth and dimension, creating a visual rhythm that mirrors the ebb and flow of a jazz ensemble in full swing.
Perhaps most striking are the evocative paint applications, from the thick impasto that conveys the tactile energy of a live performance to the more delicate washes that seem to echo the softer, more introspective moments of a ballad. The dichotomy between these applications is reminiscent of the contrasting dynamics in jazz between exuberant solos and sultry undertones.
In "Legends in Jazz" abstract painting Manaylo does not merely depict the jazz scene; he translates its sonic intricacies into visual poetry. It's a piece that doesn't just speak to the eyes, but also resonates with the soul, much like the timeless music it seeks to represent. The artwork serves as a tribute to the indomitable spirit of jazz, capturing its essence in a dance of color and form that is as enigmatic and captivating as the genre itself."
Art critic, New York