This portrait of singer-songwriter Kelvin James, an old friend of mine who I’ve known for more than forty-five years was painted in Acrylic Watercolours and taken from a newspaper cutting, probably sometime in 1982 after his Fairfield Halls Concert in January of that year. Although I don’t have the original newspaper cutting, I seem to recall the accompanying write-up mentioning his engagement in Madrid as an Elvis impersonator subsequent to his Fairfield Concert.
Aside from being an experienced lead vocalist with a distinctive powerful voice and delivery, Kelvin is also a naturally gifted harmonizing vocalist and amongst the best harmonies I’ve ever experienced at performances and on recordings I’ve sung on, were those by Kelvin James and those by Rodney Harrison.
Kelvin has built his reputation over the years. His earliest musical influences were Bing Crosby and the Inkspots, a vocal harmony act and of course, Elvis Presley. Amongst his later influences are artists such as Neil Diamond and J. J. Cale.
I have included a slideshow consisting of seven duplicates of the same portrait represented in various tints and a caricature which is actually a detail from an entry titled ‘Fairfield’ that I made in colour pastel and black ink, also in 1982 before painting the portrait. Fairfield can be located in the Pulldown Menu under the subsection Caricature. The slideshow is arranged and listed as follows:
Black and White Portrait
Kelvin in Primrose Tint
Portrait in Marigold
Lemon and Lime
In Mint Condition
Portrait in Blue
Portrait in Lilac
Dave Draper 2014