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Novella Nelson

Autographed Original Drawing

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Novella Nelson (born December 17, 1939),American actress and singer. Original, vintage, pen and ink, "on-the-spot" illustration by George 'Georges' Krishizki. The hand drawn illustration has been signed by Nelson and additionally signed, dated and titled by Krishizki: "Georges / 1973 / Novella Nelson / 'Sounds of the Seventies.'"

 Nelson was a featured performer on Broadway in 1970 in the musical, "Purlie," in which she sang "Down Home" with Cleavon Little and "He Can Do It" with Melba Moore. In 1975, Nelson directed the play "Le Femme Noir" at the Joseph Papp Public Theater. Her career in films did not begin until she was approaching middle age, with a small part in 1978's "An Unmarried Woman." Nelson works as an instructor for voice-over actors. In June, 2009, she appeared in a Boston production of "Oedipus."

George 'Georges' Krishizki (March 22, 1924 – December 20, 2001), Russian-Polish-American illustrator who came to the U.S. in 1949. While he earned acclaim for his renderings of the city’s architectural landmarks, it was his on-the-spot drawings of musicians in performance that attracted an especially appreciative audience. In a 1973 article published in conjunction with two simultaneous exhibitions, Georges explained the genesis of his long-running engagement with the concert hall: “I’ve always enjoyed going to concerts, and one day I decided it would be fun to combine my interests in music and art and make sketches of musicians during performances.”  Indeed, the most remarkable feature of Georges’ oeuvre, apart from the astounding range of performers who gladly expressed their approval and appreciation by signing, is the skill with which the drawings are accomplished.

This original pen and ink illustration, measuring approximately 9 x 12, on heavy-weight sketch paper, is in fine condition with some light overall toning. Its verso is blank and clean.

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