Cassidy and Kerouac


2005 Archival Ink on Cotton Rag Paper framed 41″ x 32″ #

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Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats by Barry Miles, was the inspiration for Brett’s portrait ‘Cassady and Kerouac’. The image is a collage, accomplished by isolating individual brush strokes from Jackson Pollack’s ‘Number 31’, and then painstakingly laying them individually on top of the iconic photograph by Carolyn Cassady. His intention with ‘Cassady and Kerouac’, was to combine the frenetic painting style of Pollack’s abstract expressionism with that of the fast paced writing style of Kerouac’s work, (specifically that of the Cassady inspired ‘On The Road’), in order to complete a well rounded portrait of a post war Beat Generation.