Figures in Jazz

Figures in Jazz

John K. Lawson

Exhibition Dates: April 26 – June 28

Free concerts in partnership with Twins Jazz:

May 16: The Bobby Muncy Trio (from 7-9pm)

June 6: Nasar Abadey Quartet (from 7-9pm)

Figures in Jazz by John K. Lawson at Honfleur Gallery presents large-scale vibrant collage portraits of jazz legends, including Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Nina Simone, Wynton Marsalis, and Miles Davis. The opening reception for this exhibition, which will be a joint event with the opening of Unsung Jazz by Antoine Sanfuentes at The Gallery at Vivid Solutions, took place Friday April 26, 2013 from 6‐8 p.m. A jazz performance by the Nasar Abadey Trio also happened at 8pm.

John K. Lawson was born in Birmingham, England in 1962 and raised mostly in the countryside until his family moved to South London when he was a young teenager. He first came to America on a student exchange program in engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. There his artistic abilities were encouraged, and he returned to England two years later to concentrate on landscape painting. Eventually, Lawson was drawn back to the Deep South, and soon became part of an underground art culture in New Orleans that included working in tattoo, T-shirt and mural designs long before these mediums became mainstream. Hurricane Katrina submerged his studio and destroyed 25 years’ worth of artwork and ephemera. Lawson began to rework the damaged remnants into collages and started working in the manner in which he made the Figures in Jazzportraits.

Lawson explained his intentions for this body of work, “My wish was for these portraits to become universal documents, exploding with an inner energy not only found in music but also in our multi layered everyday life.” Although the original work is not for sale, limited edition reproductions of the work are available. Additionally, Lawson and Honfleur Gallery produced a book to accompany the exhibition that pairs each of the Figures in Jazz portraits with original poems by Lawson. Copies of the book will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition.

Also on April 26, two doors from the galleries at 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE, Poulet et Gaufres (Chicken & Waffles, y’all!) pop-up restaurant, presented by NURISH: The Center for a Creative Culinary Economy. (More details about the event here:

There will be two additional jazz performances at Honfleur Gallery during the course of the exhibitions. The Bobby Muncy Trio played on Thursday May 16 from 7-9 p.m. On Thursday June 6, Nasar Abadey Quartet will play from 7-9 p.m. Twins Jazz is a partner for these events.