The estate of legendary singer, actress, dancer and civil rights activist Lena Horne will be auctioned on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 by Doyle New York. The auction includes fine art, photographs, jewelry, clothing and accessories, furniture, books and autographs from the icon’s personal life and long career. One of the items to be auctioned is an original 1959 painting of Lena Horne by actor, choreographer, dancer Geoffrey Holder. The painting (shown here) is titled Lena, and is signed and dated by Holder.
Known to many as 7 Up’s “Uncola Man”, Geoffrey Holder has also played notable roles in movies such as Annie and Live and Let Die. Holder directed the Broadway musical The Wiz and was the costume designer for the movie of the same name. Geoffrey Holder is also an artist. Holder has been a painter as long as he has been a performer. Upon arriving in Manhattan from Trinidad, in the early 1950’s, “Mr. Holder promptly made two debuts, one as an actor in Truman Capote’s “House of Flowers,” the other as a painter having his first major exhibition.”, says the New York Times. He has had a number of exhibitions of his work, including a 2007 exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art.
You may also be interested in Geoffrey Holder: A Life in Theater, Dance and Art by New York Times dance critic Jennifer Dunning. The book includes 250 illustrations of his work.
Visit the Pop Life Art homepage for links to the artwork of more than 100 singers, actors, and musicians.