Tragically Hip Spirits Riding the Sky

Acrylic, 2020

Tragically Hip Spirits Riding the Sky: with the passing of Spirit of the West lead singer, John Mann late in 2019, I began sketching ideas around Canadian musicians who have passed. What if Gord Downie was waiting for Mann to arrive, somewhere floating on a cloud, reaching down and passing his microphone to Mann, who was arriving in the great beyond. And what if a passing cloud resembled another hip Canadian icon of song, one who was known for his old black fedora and soulful eyes and for his song of hallelujah. In fact these musicians were all known for very specific hats. These legendary men of Canadian music will continue to live on through their haunting and poetic lyrics.