“He Plays” by Barbara Coon
Dimensions: 18 x 33 inches
Medium: Mixed media
Best known for her work as a participating artist in Nashville’s GuitarTown Project—a public arts project that featured ten-foot-tall fiberglass guitars on display around town from 2004 to 2006—Barabara Coon creates pieces that speak to Nashville’s inimitable flavor. Coon blends carved wood with bold-colored paint and relevant props to represent locally themed topics from iconic music venues and restaurants to cowboy boots and red pickup trucks. In subtractive primaries, Coon illustrates Nashville favorites like Legends, Robert’s, and Puckett’s in one series, then zooms in on the intricacies of a cowboy boot’s design or the personality of a classic guitar in another. Coon is “proud of [her] Southern roots,” and this motif saturates both her work and her lifestyle. Barbara Coon is represented by Nina Kuzina Gallery in Nashville.
Learn more about this artist at https://nashvillearts.com/2013/04/barbara-coon-repurposing-our-town/