The 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell poster is an explosively colored clarion call to Crescent City music lovers and art lovers alike. Titled “Porch Song: A Portrait of Trombone Shorty,” the poster depicts a fiery sunset serenade by Treme native and New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts graduate Troy Andrews by former Treme resident and NOCCA graduate Terrance Osborne.
Published by Art4Now.com, 2012 & TM N.O.J.H. Foundation, Inc. Artist Terrance Osborne created the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest poster, featuring trombonist Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews.
Osborne, 37, who masterfully designed the Jazz Fest’s 2007 Congo Square poster depicting Philip Frazier and the 2010 Congo Square poster of Uncle Lionel Batiste, matches Andrews’ muscular, kinetic trombone style with equally energetic brush handling and dynamic intersection of shapes.
Based on website previews of the poster, Osborne’s expressive 2012 composition is among the best of the long-running series. It’s certainly the most exciting offering since Douglas Bourgeois’ poignant post-flood portrait of Irma Thomas in 2008. Conceptually, the combination of youthful subject and artist rescues the Jazz Fest souvenir from a rather stodgy recent trend.
Osborne, a Xavier University graduate, said that several inspirations contributed to the pyrotechnic 2012 image. As he painted, he said, he immersed himself in Andrews’ music.
“The song I listened to again and again was ‘For True,’ he said.
As Osborne considered the popular trombonist’s characteristic pose and how to place him in the Treme scenery, he said he was reminded of a scene from his favorite science fiction movie “The Matrix.” In the scene, the hero takes a breath and “the whole environment drew in and rippled with him,” Osborne explained. In the poster, Andrews seems to achieve the same sort of oneness with the architecture.
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