Purple Haze

 In Abstracts, Acrylics, Red's Art, The Blues

Medium: Acrylic

Original sizes:
  • 24" x 24"

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Purple Haze

A Jimi Hendrix classic, Purple Haze, was released as the second single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience on March 17, 1967.  In fact, it is one of Hendrix’s best-known songs and appears on many Hendrix compilation albums.

Purple Haze Acrylic Abstract by Red, 24" x 24", gallery wrap canvas, hung on gray wallHendrix’s music and on-stage antics, loud, turbulent, and sexual, came to symbolize the 1960s. More importantly, it is said he was a gifted musician.  One of the most innovative and influential electric guitarists in history.

Acrylic Abstract by Red, 24" x 24", gallery wrap canvas, hung with Blue Chair

Hendrix explained to Rolling Stones about this song. The idea for the words to “Purple Haze” came to him in a dream after he had read a science fiction novel. However, fans and critics have spent years trying to decipher the song’s meaning. Some say it is about drugs. Others say it is about being under the influence of love. Even, Hendrix himself pointed to the one line at the end of the second verse: “Never happy or in misery / Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me.”

Regardless, this song has long been seen as a defining song of the psychedelic drug culture of the later ’60s, but Jimi Hendrix always said that the song was inspired by a dream, not by drugs.

Purple Haze Acrylic Abstract by Red, 24" x 24", gallery wrap canvas, hung on midnight blue wall

Hendrix Blues Guitar and Purple Haze

Hendrix had an unconventional blues guitar style in which he pushed the limits of the genre. Indeed, this can be heard quite well when listening to the wild guitar sounds played on “Purple Haze” (which were especially wild at Woodstock).

He was famously a left-handed guitarist and flipped the instrument upside-down to play it comfortably. This was unheard of at the time, and when combined with Jimi’s groundbreaking style of play it was a recipe for blowing the minds of people everywhere.

Acrylic Abstract by Red, 24" x 24", gallery wrap canvas, hung over dresser

Once I completed this acrylic painting with its sultry blues and purple haze overtones, Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze Song came to mind, hence I named this painting so.

You can listen to a recording of Jimi Hendrix singing the song here – Hendrix Performance.

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