Black and White Jazz-Art

(«Pharaoh Jazz», art digital original by Francisco Bravo Cabrera)

I would like to say that this is one of the first (done in 2001) of the Jazz-Art Series of graphite/ink drawings on Canson paper. There may be others from the same time but this one has survived. I apologise for the quality of the photograph. Actually I had a tee-shirt made with this image and that’s the only thing I have now so I stretched it and took the picture (it is now framed).

This drawing is very important to me because it has within the composition the idea, the jazzyness, i.e. the elements that later formed the series JaZzArt en València. I started with the idea of music, but music is totally abstract and I did not intend to create an abstract drawing. So I revised my thought and started sketching the idea of music, the flow of the phrases, the staccato, the legato, the syncopation, the rhythm, the voice of the singer, the swing of the players…

I think you get the rest…

If you would like to see a complete…well, almost…collection of the black & white drawings, please visit us on our Instagram, @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera and I think you will get a complete picture and you will see how this 2001 drawing became the great grand-father to the drawings that came later.


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  1. spwilcen dice:

    Very interesting that you can trace this evolution cleanly back to its inception. Tempted to say something stupid like, «How far this series has progressed, how mature the newer pieces are while boldly incorporating this heritage.» But yes, that would be stupid, so I won’t say it. You know while I like the color of later works, you also know I l prefer the B&Ws for their bold simplicity, no lies, no sham, it’s all right out there. Hm. A scant 20 years. Subtle, but different, for example the smaller details here where newer work images are much more equalized, and the larger solid black areas I don’t recall in later B&Ws. Earlier or later, mastery of the theme. Well done, youthful FBC.

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    1. Well twenty years ago I wasn’t exactly youthful, LOL! And yes, after seeing this one, which I had not for many years, I saw all those little details that, as you have noted, have evolved into a more balanced composition, very carefully crafted, in opposition to that one which wasn’t so, it was more spontaneous. Thank you very much my friend and all the best to you!

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  2. Brad Osborne dice:

    I always love an origin story and this was no exception. Though less perfected than its progeny, it does encompass all the creative and important traits and characteristics of JaZzArt. I am glad an example has survived and is now safely kept.

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    1. Thank you Brad, yes, one survived and keeping it quite safely I must say. Take good care and all the best.

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  3. janetsm dice:

    Thank you for sharing an early example of your work. It amazes me how you’re able to include so much motion, musicality, and detail in your work.

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    1. Thank you Janet. I love music and music, being totally abstract, leads me to paint, albeit figuratively, in music’s direction.

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