Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Frank. Art Print by Drew Friedman

Frank Sinatra caricature print by prolific illustrator and cartoonist, Drew Friedman. The initial release of the print is limited to an edition of only 35–with Nos. 1/35-10/35 available currently for $165.00. Each subsequent offering (11/35, etc.) will be more expensive. Buy one here on the relatively cheap.

Friedman’s illustrations have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Time and The Wall Street journal.

This portrait of Frank Sinatra by Drew Friedman captures the Chairman of the Board during the 1950s, when his persona defined sophisticated swinging. Frank knew how to hold a note, his liquor, and a dame. In button-down mainstream America, Sinatra oozed free ‘n easy; on the opposite side of the cultural divide, Ol’ Blue Eyes didn’t have to behave like a beatnik to convey cool. Elvis may have sold more records during the decade, but he couldn’t outclass Sinatra. Frank was a sensation onstage, on record, on film, and on TV—and made it all look effortless. He had the world at his feet with a snap of his fingers. Any woman offended by his old-school use of the term “broad” wasn’t worth a wink.

Sinatra performed with the √©lan of an artist who had no serious competitors. The nonchalant gestures never undercut the passion in The Voice, and his smooth delivery always hinted at power in reserve. Ten years after Frank’s passing, his recordings continue to enchant old fans and seduce new ones. A personality larger than life, a legacy bigger than death. “Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant,” he claimed. “When I sing, I believe. I’m honest.”

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