Spontaneous Realism Portrait of the Man in Black - Mr. Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash by Matthew R. Paden

John R. Cash, born J. R. Cash; February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor.

Much of Cash's music contained themes of sorrow, moral tribulation, and redemption, especially in the later stages of his career. He was known for his deep, calm bass-baritone voice, a distinctive sound of his Tennessee Three backing band characterized by train-like chugging guitar rhythms, a rebelliousness coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor, free prison concerts, and a trademark all-black stage wardrobe which earned him the nickname "The Man in Black".

This piece will be available at my "Famous Faces" exhibition taking place at Liggett Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma - June 5th through June 27th 2021.

Cocaine Country

30 x 48 x 1.5 in.

Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

September 2020


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