Paul Wegner, born in 1950, is the foremost American artist to use theme music, especially jazz and the blues, in his bronze sculptures. He is one of this country's most successful figurative artists and an inventor of the fragmented style, in which only highlights of a composition are present, with the open or negative spaces implying "what is absent". This fragmented style is especially effective in Wegner's works because the positive/negative relationships create visual rhythms like the rhythms of music.
National Geographic Society, Mount Vernon Museum
Old Salem Museum, First Heritage Museum
U.S. Naval Academy, March of Dimes
U.S. Department of Interior, Sotheby's Auctioneers
CELEBRITY COMMISSIONS & COLLECTION:
Louis Armstrong Foundation, John Lee Hooker
Andrew Lloyd Weber, House of Blues
PRIZES, HONORS & AWARDS:
"A Touch of Jazz", gala inaugural, hosted by Lionel Hampton
7th Annual "Keeping the Blues Alive Award". for W.C. Handy, the Blues Foundation
"Key to the City" and "Honory Citizen of New Orleans"