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Michael Cartellone: The Four Davids

Michael Cartellone with his paintings, The Four Davids
Michael Cartellone with his paintings, The Four Davids
Photo by Joshua Kessler ©2013 Michael Cartellone

Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Michael Cartellone has been painting longer than he has been making music. He began painting at the age of 4. He started on the drums at 9 and he has been making music and art ever since. When asked what inspires him to create both music and art, he says, “I cannot image one without the other.”

Cartellone’s next exhibit of his artwork will be next month at Wentworth Gallery locations in Bethesda, Maryland and McLean, Virginia. Cartellone will be making appearances at both galleries on Saturday, May 17th, 2014. From 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm he will be at the Wentworth Gallery at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. And, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm he will be at Wentworth Gallery at Tysons Galleria in McLean. Contact the gallery for more information and to RSVP.

Featured at the exhibit will be Michael Cartellone’s series of paintings The Four Davids. He says about the series:

Each painting in this series is a tribute to Michelangelo. The first time I saw his statue of The David was a powerful experience…and I wanted to paint something to acknowledge that… however, the idea grew into painting him four times in four very different styles… so, the four paintings are  actually a double homage: initially to Michelangelo, and then, inspired by works from Van Gogh, Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Each painting is named David… followed by a year… which signifies the year of the painting of inspiration. Therefore, the paintings are named, David 1889, David 1937, David 1965 and David 1984.

Another painting featured in the exhibit is The Magritte Condition. Cartellone says:

Magritte has always been one of my favorite painters. This painting, In Tribute to him, tips the hat to some of Magritte’s well known themes: the horizon line moving into the canvas in the foreground, his own Self-Portrait, and of course, the famous Apple.

The Magritte Condition, 2014 Michael Cartellone
The Magritte Condition, 2014 Michael Cartellone

In the video below Michael Cartellone talks about his inspirations and his methods used in creating The Four Davids.

For more information about Michael Cartellone and to view more of his artwork, visit his website at:

Related blog post: Artwork by Drummer Michael Cartellone (May 29, 2010)

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