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John H. Sibley on "Being and Homelessness: Notes from an Underground Artist"

John Sibley talks about his book, "Being and Homelessness: Notes from an Underground Artist," offers a tour of his studio and his original paintings of jazz ...

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Comment by David B. Lentz on May 18, 2012 at 8:53am

Here is a YouTube video posted by gifted artist, John H. Sibley, seeking new patrons via "crowd funding" on Kickstarter.com for expanding distribution of his book, "Being and Homelessness: Portrait of an Underground Artist." A new venue in crowd funding enables groups of patrons to help fund artistic and literary initiatives among investors seeking to participate in the growth and expansion of artists and writers like John. He lived underground as a brilliant but  homeless artist on the streets on Chicago in winter as "The Hawk" blew cold off the Lake. He has painted oil portraits of legendary jazz singers like Koko Taylor as well as jazz players like Howlin' Wolf and John Coltrane, and athletes like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. John's portrait technique is influenced by Caravaggio and is luminous in its brush strokes. This video offers a tour of John's studio in Chicago. John writes, "I completed the first draft of 'Being and Homelessness' at the Fox River Hotel in Room 24 at 306 N.River Street,Aurora, Illinois on March 25,2010. It is a hotel where Edgar Alan Poe would have felt at home." John's book ranks highly among several Goodreads Lists including 21st there on "President Obama's Summer Reading List."

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