OAKS & CAJUNS:
Using the oak tree as his main subject in hundreds of paintings in the early 1970s, Rodrigue eventually expanded his subjects to include the Cajun people, traditions and legends. Figures appear locked in the landscape, often framed by the trunk of a tree or outline of a bush. The composition often includes the dark path of a road or river, wandering towards a distant llight.
One particular Cajun legend, the loup-garou, became the inspiration for the first Blue Dog. Painted for a book of Cajun ghost stories (Bayou, Inkwell, 1984), Rodrigue chose a photo of his studio dog Tiffany who had died several years before as his prototype. Rodrigue painted this first eerie Blue Dog a scruffy, pale grey-blue, with red eyes.
Over time, the dog became a friendlier image that left the swamps and cemeteries of Louisiana to seek whatever adventure the artist imagines.
In 2000, Rodrigue broke from representation when he exploded into the eerily prophetic works Hurricanes. His art swirled into an abstract series of Louisiana storms, a hint of an oak tree or a pair of yellow eyes occasionally caught amidst the mass of color and brushstroke.
These high-impact pieces are oversized, hand-pulled silkscreens, printed on archival board. Each is vibrantly painted and extremely unique.
Original paintings begin at $22,000 and mixed medias at $15,000. Please contact Rodrigue Studio for further information. Unless otherwise noted, all paintings are acrylic on canvas or linen.