The art of Bernie Taupin continues its highly successful tour through the United States into 2013. In every city that his art has been exhibited, it has attracted the attention of the press, and the galleries have filled with large crowds of enthusiastic collectors.
In addition, a number of celebrities have visited, the latest being Alice Cooper. He joined up with Taupin to celebrate the painter's exhibit in late January at the DeRubeis Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. They jointly made the rounds of the local TV stations to talk about Taupin's art and to raise awareness for Cooper's charity, Solid Rock, which helps at-risk youths get off the streets by putting musical instruments in their hands.
Bernie has said:
''Canvas to me is simply the visual extension of what I have spent my life creating through words. The imagination, in my estimation, is the most powerful tool the artist possess enabling us to conjure up beautiful distraction for the ears and eyes.
''I have no formula except that which comes from what I dream, feel and see. To me colours are like wordsthey express emotionslikewise texture and mediums display an abundance of moods.
''I have no set pattern of definitive style, it is hard to conform when there are so many options; house paint and wood stain can be equally as evocative as acrylics and oil, at times all four together can create the desired results.
''I find blocks and oblongs of bright color effective, for me they express affection. In the same way their dark counterparts with their fragmented edges and torn middles spell disturbance and pain. The intermingling of all these parts present life.
''In another way I find urban chaos and atmospheric cities inspirational. The teaming vibrancy of legendary streets and exotic foreign parts makes for a great palate.
''At times my original concept for a piece can develop into something more complex; it's scope becoming broader. I find design encouraging; at times almost dictating what direction to take.
''Any form of appreciation for one's work is gratifying but for my own reasons I would rather the observer discard with titles (they're merely selfish labels) and draw upon their own imagination to read into them what they will.good, bad or indifferent, it will cause stimulation and that is reward enough.''
Though he claims no particular influences, Bernie has credited his mother for inspiring him by showing him painters such as J.M.W. Turner and Paul Gauguin.
His next exhibition is to be held in April at the Rymer Gallery in Nashville, TN.
The artist himself will be in the gallery from 1-3 p.m. on April 6 and 7.
In other Taupin news, the songwriter and his wife, Heather, attended the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood.
They appear in the following photo.