Archie Alleyne: In Memoriam

Archie AllyneArchie Alleyne

7/1/1933 8/6/2015

Jazz Drummer, Raconteur.  Mellow.  Educator.

The most soulful laugh and there was never anything that you could ask Archie about music playing at the Underground Railroad Restaurant that he didn’t know and could provide some wickedly funny anecdote about said piece of music and the artists associated.

Goodnight and the sweetest dreams be yours dear, noble Sir.

Archie playing during the Cabbagetown Festival a couple of years ago.

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Gordon and Janet, in their garden.

Gordon and Janet, in their garden

Intaglio

22 x 15.75in Image

30 x 22in Paper

© 2006 George Hawken

I decided to see what an intense observation of couples whom I know very well would produce. I trust my own process enough to know that if I allow it to unfold naturally, the results will have a certain integrity – which I think this series does. This portrait, of Janet and Gordon Belray in their garden, references their commitment to one another in the face of serious health issues, and the hope that comes from the garden – a metaphor of restoration and continuation. I feel that the intensity of their connection to one another and their hopes for their children are suspended in this simple examination. – George Hawken.

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Had a most lucid astral plane encounter with George last night.  We sat at a deuce visiting.  For me, I have come to realise that whenever thusly situated on the astral plane, the encounter will be languorously rhapsodic.  Our eye contact was intense and direct and we hardly said anything to each other which, incidentally, was always the case when visiting in person.

George and I were lovers, long ago, and as I was then his muse our passion inspired the lithograph, Pink Chair, which has been previously shared on this blog.  I love this piece and on my return from living in Montréal, the artist was then working on this series of portraits.  I had hoped to have been included in the series but alas it was not to be.

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