Piano Man rare signed music print by artist Christina Balit. Each original drawing took approximately 10 days to complete and began as a series of heavily worked pencil sketches made inside recording studios, jazz clubs, rehearsal rooms and on the street. They were then developed from memory using a range of fine liner rotring pens and ink directly onto Bristol board, using pattern, cross hatching and extensive intricate dot work. They have been produced as a limited edition of 20 Giclee prints by the Fine Art Printers Art4Site in Wye. 18 x 13 inches, 46 x 33 cms in size, each hand numbered and hand titled in pencil by Christina. All are on Archival Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper 308gsm and produced with archival pigment inks and museum grade digital fine art paper. A FEW WORDS ON THE PRINTS by Christina Balit. The shape the body makes when playing an instrument is compulsive viewing and the hands in particular are overwhelming. Musicians are both God like and alien in my view. Cos they can just do that thing. Jazz musicians in particular. The improvising, the group interaction, the breath taking solos, the angles, the shoulders, the louche elegance of what they are playing. The connection to the city, to things urban and critical edgy men and women who can do something I can only dream of doing. Jazz was a bit of a running soundtrack as a child. Both my parents were huge fans and despite their nomadic life we moved often and all over the world they always packed the vinyl and took their music with them. Later in my late teens I moved to England very close the 606 Club on the Kings Road. I made hundreds of line drawings in there, in biro, felt tip, whatever I had to hand. I quite liked not having the option to rub anything out a biro is such a utility staple and unrefined, it's difficult to be precious about things when using it and yet it can be so organic and pliable. There's always one in the bottom of the bag. As a professional book illustrator I ve always worked in very vibrant, almost ornamental colours, utilising patterns and gold extensively and in great detail but when I return to drawing for its own sake, I feel like I'm turning back to a base stop. To how I think. To the sharp simplicity of black upon white. The human body is always first and foremost my concern. It always has been. An obsession almost. How it holds itself and folds itself and bends and twists and dances. I draw a lot of dancers. Street musicians particularly impress me they are the new troubadours. Everyone passes by them. Because life is busy. But we're all a little bouncier when we do pass and try to fall into step. The prints all began as a series of heavily worked pencil sketches made inside recording studios, jazz clubs, rehearsal rooms and on the street. They were then developed from memory using a range of fine liner rotring pens and ink directly onto Bristol board, using pattern, cross hatching and extensive intricate dot work. CHRISTINA BALIT: BIOGRAPHY After a fairly nomadic childhood lived in several parts of the world with what she describes as very brave parents including New Guinea, Kashmir, Baghdad, Greece and the Lebanon Award winning artist and illustrator Christina Balit came to London to study at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She has illustrated over 20 children s books and has been short listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal twice winning the Commended award for Ishtar and Tammuz in 1996. Her other published books include the Michael Morpurgo s Blodin the Beast, The Lion Illustrated Bible and Zoo in the Sky. Her own authored picture books include Atlantis The Legend of a Lost City and Escape from Pompeii which is now used extensively throughout the UK in Primary schools to support learning about the Romans and volcano s and to develop writing skills a fact Christina is very proud of. She is winner of the 2002 English Association Book Award for Key Stage 2 Non Fiction and the US Parents Guide to Children s Media Award. Over the past seven years she has been illustrating five huge anthologies for National Geographic written by Donna Jo Napoli each containing 75 80 paintings and taking 18 month each to complete. The Treasury of Greek Mythology, Treasury of Egyptian Mythology, Treasury of Norse Mythology and Tales from the Arabian Nights. A new title The Treasury of Bible Stories is due for publication this October 2019 and focuses entirely on the stories from the Old Testament. She is just completing a new book she has written for Otter Barry Books and will begin a new title with National Geographic this November. Christina works initially in pencil and then paints her artwork in a combination of watercolours, gouache and gold inks. Christina also works extensively in black and white producing highly graphic line drawings that all explore the human form in some regard and music, dance and theatre in particular. She is also an award winning playwright, and her plays include Woman With Upturned Skirt, The Sentence, Caddilaxing, Load and Penguin all produced in London. She was winner of the Brave New Roles Award for her play Needle which was and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Christina lives on the South Coast of England with her husband the Actor Brian Croucher. Good Condition. All autographs are genuine hand signed and come with a Certificate of Authenticity. We combine postage on multiple winning lots and can ship worldwide. 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