On October 26, 2013, George Rodrigue receives in New Orleans the prestigious Opus Award from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art during their annual gala, O What a Night!. Unable to attend the event, we asked Jacques Rodrigue, his fiancé Mallory Page Chastant, and André Rodrigue to accept the award on George's behalf, and to speak for us. Below is the speech in its entirety.
After 25 years focused on this premise, I painted an old French-Cajun tale of the loup-garou, which evolved over another 25 years into what the Blue Dog is today. As with my Cajun series, I had no idea it would last all of this time --- in my mind, on my canvas, or for the public.
“Every great artist has taken a common thing and made people see it in a different way.”
“The closer you are to who you really are, is the best thing; yet most people can’t get past 5 p.m.”
“They can’t see!”
(pictured, sharing art at the Alexandria Museum of Art, surrounded by Copley to Warhol, a traveling exhibition from the New Orleans Museum of Art; click photo to enlarge-)
“The Blue Dog.”
“I’ll never see it, Wendy…
….but you will.”
(pictured, Edwins Elementary School, Fort Walton Beach, Florida; click photo to enlarge-)
“At this time, artists should try to produce something from themselves, or from their area --- that’s where art is headed today. All America really has left in art is what one feels.”
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