In black and white: GumTree Museum to feature blues portraits

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Music and art collide in Eddie Thorn’s work.
Kit Stafford, director of the GumTree Museum of Art, said that connection makes him a good fit for the museum this time of year.
“We’re tying Eddie’s show and his reception with the Elvis Presley Festival,” Stafford said. “We thought that would be a great exhibit to have on display when Elvis and 1950s music in general will be appreciated.”
Eddie Thorn was an early fan of Stan Lee, the creative force behind Marvel Comics’ “Spider-Man,” “Fantastic Four” and “Iron Man.”
“The comics were a big inspiration for me,” he said. “They are so animated.”
In early 2009, he switched from pencil drawings to work with acrylic paint.
“He’s mainly doing monochromatic portraits, paintings of Mississippi blues legends,” Stafford said.
Working in black and white fit the subject matter, Thorn said.
“I think black and white lends itself way better to what these guys were about,” he said. “These guys played in black and white.”
Thorn’s exhibit at the GumTree will open May 31, and it’ll be on display until July 12. A reception is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. June 2.
“He’ll be here and he will be more than happy to speak to people one on one about his work,” Stafford said. “Eddie has a great personality and is a unique individual. I think anybody who comes will not be disappointed.”

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