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Created by:
Charles Gillam Sr., American  Search this
Subject of:
Fats Domino, American, 1928 - 2017  Search this
acrylic paint on wood
H x W: 24 15/16 x 14 x 13/16 in. (63.3 x 35.6 x 2.1 cm)
Place depicted:
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
2005 - 2012
Acrylic painting over carving on a wood board depicts Fats Domino playing the piano on the roof of his flooded studio. Outlines of figures and objects are carved into the wood, then painted over. Fats Domino is wearing a turquoise suit and is playing a white piano labelled "Steinway". Over his head are the words "Ain't that a shame." His studio, a small yellow house, is surrounded by water and framed by two telephone poles, complete with wires that are breaking off at the top. The studio has a sign in the front window that reads "Fats Domino Studio" and a sign over the door that reads "studio." In front of the house is a bright pink Cadillac, being flooded by water. There are small indistinct objects floating in the water in the foreground. The artist has signed the work on the bottom right. There is a small natural knot hole through the board at bottom left.
African American  Search this
Art  Search this
Communities  Search this
Folklife  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
United States--History--2001-  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Charles Gillam Sr.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture