"Uni-on-Blue," a digital rendering now on display at the Venice Art Center through November 4th, could lay claim as the longest evolving piece of art ever. That is because it first began life as a hand-drawn black and white sketch by Charles Ecker in 1970 completed while off-duty serving near the DMZ in Korea. Now a well-known Sarasota County Country songwriter, ranked #1 for 18 months, Ecker created an booming catalogue of what he calls his "fancy doodles" before finally moving to the Suncoast less than two years ago from Los Angeles.
"I admit I never had a flair for colorization, and my black and white drawings sat in a large portfolio unnoticed from 1980 until one year ago," lamented the North Venice resident. "But as luck would have it, my wife and I met a very talented digital artist from Fort Lauderdale, Jamie Roberts, who saw "Uni" and several others in their original black and white form. She then showed us dazzling examples of her digitized works.
Despite workplace roadblocks set up because of Covid-19, the two, as "Ecker-Roberts Art" hope to have a first run of colored digitized works by Christmas available through Displate on the Internet. For this year's works, the numbers '70 and '20 will be included following their respective names to honor what has become a half-century long joint endeavor.
Separately, they are to develop works to be offered in varying sizes on canvas beginning early next year..
A temporary start-up "Ecker-Roberts" web page has been set up under The C.R. Ecker Band Music.website.
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