When we first wrote about tonight’s show at Hero Complex Gallery titled ‘YOUNG GUNS‘ we spoke to curator Adam Smasher who told us more about the exhibit. Each artist will have a mini-theme and contribute between 2-15 pieces for their theme and now JP Valderrama has given us a better look at HIS theme…”The 27 Club“.
“Does this guy need any introduction? Y’all know him right?! Although he lived a kind-of depressing life his music (Nirvana) gave color to ours. I picked up my first Nirvana cassette tape when I was a teenage high school boy and the moment I played it on my megabass sony walkman I said to myself, “damn, this is some pretty good shit”. Listening to Nirvana inspired me pick up the guitar cos their songs were so easy to play! Nirvana’s songs are timeless, simple riffs yet powerful lyrics Kurt Cobain sang his heart out. That’s what made them so awesome. I based this piece on Nirvana’s live acoustic performance in New York 1994, the best they’ve ever had and the most memorable.” – JP Valderrama
For those of you that don’t know, “The 27 Club” is used in reference to some amazing musicians who all died at the too-young-age of 27. JP has added his signature touch to each print and rather than a morbid reminder of their demise, he has brilliantly reminded us of each star captured at their prime.
“Janis Joplin is one of the most of popular musicians of the blues, psychedelic and acid rock era, mainly because of the energy she brings to the stage. She was one of the main attractions in big music fests like Monterey Pop and Woodstock. Her sound is quite similar to Jimi Hendrix’s and toured together at some point. What I really love about Janis is her hippie-ness lol I enjoyed watching / listening to her interviews as I drew this piece, very vibrant and free spirit!” – JP Valderrama
If you can’t make tonight’s show at Hero Complex Gallery, remaining prints will go onsale via online release, Saturday September 21st around 1 PM PST at HCG’s STOREFRONT HERE.
As an added extra bonus, JP has just announced that: “Awesome news is that I will be in attendance AND for anyone who grabs a SET will be getting a surprise remarque from me during the show!” What is it? Grab a set and see. I have NO idea. Whatever it is shall be something pretty special from this talented artist.
“When I first heard the song “Voodoo Chile”, it was from a Stevie Ray Vaughan album. From then on I was a huge fan of SRV and would tell everyone how awesome his “Voodoo Chile” track is, until a friend of mine told me that it was a good cover of the original by Jimi Hendrix lol. So I looked up Jimi on limewire and started listening to Purple Haze, Foxey Lady, Kiss the Sky etc… Oh boy must I say that Hendrix is definitely one of the best guitarists ever and has raised guitar riffs to a new level! I’m no guitar expert but I believe Hendrix was one of the few who popularized the “WAH” pedal, just listen to “Voodoo Chile”. – JP Valderrama