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Songwriter Bernie Taupin Exhibits His Paintings

Bamboo by Bernie Taupin
Bamboo by Bernie Taupin

Songwriter and longtime Elton John collaborator Bernie Taupin is also a painter. He says that he has doodled all his life, but he began painting seriously in the early 1990s when he moved to his ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, California near Santa Barbara.

About his artwork, Taupin says:

Canvas to me is simply the visual extension of what I have spent my life creating through words. The imagination, in my estimation, is the most powerful tool the artist possess enabling us to conjure up beautiful
distraction for the ears and eyes.

I have no formula except that which comes from what I dream, feel and see. To me colors are like words…they express emotions…likewise texture and mediums display an abundance of moods.

Bernie Taupin will be exhibiting his paintings this month at Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa, Florida. The exhibition runs from November 5 through November 13, 2011. Taupin will make personal appearances at the gallery on Saturday November 12 from 6 – 9 p.m. and on Sunday November 13 from 1 – 3 p.m. Also, According to Bernie Taupin’s website, there will be an invitation only VIP reception on Friday November 11. Contact the gallery for RSVP contact information and other information about the exhibit.

In the video below, Bernie Taupin talks about the inspiration for his artwork, how painting compares to working with Elton John, and more.

For more information about Bernie Taupin’s artwork visit:

Visit the Pop Life Art homepage for links to many more celebrity painters.

Related blog entry: Beyond Words: Paintings By Bernie Taupin (June 30, 2012)