"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Willie Nelson

This statue of Willie Nelson by Clete Shields stands in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
"This maquette of songwriter, performer, and founder of the Farm Aid movement Willie Nelson is related to an eight-foot public sculpture that stands in front of the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. Philadelphia-based sculptor Clete Shields was commissioned by Capital Area Statues, Inc. (CAST), a group of prominent Texas writers, film producers, and musicians, who honor Texas culture through public art commissions around the state. Shields wanted to make an image of Nelson that captured the musician's 'humor and humility.' Nelson wholeheartedly approved, announcing at the dedi­cation that Shields 'did a pretty darn good job.'" -- National Portrait Gallery

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