Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk by S. Christopher James ©2018.

Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) was a renowned American jazz pianist and composer. He was one of the most innovative and idiosyncratic musicians in the history of jazz. Monk’s unique style, characterized by dissonant harmonies, angular melodies, and rhythmic complexities, challenged traditional conventions and greatly influenced the development of bebop and modern jazz. His compositions, such as “Round Midnight” and “Blue Monk,” are now considered jazz standards. Monk’s playing style was marked by percussive and unpredictable improvisations that showcased his distinctive approach to the piano.

Thelonious Monk wore different hats as a form of personal expression, to enhance his public persona, out of comfort and habit, and possibly influenced by cultural norms of his time. This choice became a trademark of his iconic and enigmatic image. This piece is a symbol of the expression.

  • Next, A biennial of Contemporary Print, 2019. Houston, Texas.
  • 2019 ART214 Juried Exhibition City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs 2nd annual ART214 Juried Exhibition.
  • 3×3 Illustration Annual No.15, Merit Award


This image is a 7-color serigraph. 9 x 11.3 inch image on 11 x 17 inch 100% cotton rag archival quality paper. Signed and numbered limited edition of 15 prints. A digital Print-on-demand version is available.

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