"Portraits of soulful Louisianians rendered in detailed pen-and-ink are something I plan to pursue until a body of work has been amassed. I see these portraits as part of Louisiana history. More importantly, these portraits lavish attention on subjects not chosen for their model-like appeal or conventional handsomeness." Thus says mixed-media artist Robert E Trudeau of his work.
Prints on display at Artspace Shreveport are $25.
Black-painted pine board is the new framing for the Louisiana Faces prints. "Gluing prints to a board is in the tradition of Louisiana folk art and is true to the tone of my sketches," says Trudeau.
Non-framed prints - on card stock - are $10. See a slideshow for choices of subjects. Prints can be rendered in red or blue ink, btw.
"These prints of my sketches are not commodities," says Trudeau. "They represent stories of the intersection of my life with local characters. If you buy a sketch you can get more than something to hang on a wall. You have an opening into the life of an artist who invests thought and care into rendering soulful views of earthy people."