Fertility Piece

Fertility Piece
Alfred Bright
January 9, 1940 - October 28, 2019
Artist Biography
Acquisition Number: 76.11
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 60 1/2" x 45 1/2"
Date: 1975
Credit: Purchased by the Canton Museum of Art with matching funds from The National Endowment for the Arts

Artistic strokes – musical notes – Bright has created work on stage while Winton Marsailles played. Bright told us that Art Blakely and the Jazz Messengers were playing live while he created this "Fertility Piece." For all of his paintings, he would feed off of and be an instrument to jazz performers and even feed off of the audience. He would paint until the jazz performers stopped playing and the audience reaction would help him decide which pieces to keep. Bright was a painter, but he was also a performer and a musician. This is exemplified in the following statement by Bright: “I live in a world of chaos and order, chaos caused by people, order caused by nature, I paint `ala prima’ to express my life and feelings. Music gives my spirit energy. It moves through me as an aesthetic seizure. Painting to music, especially live music, is moving and thought provoking.”