As a writer, musician and painter, Michael Eck remains ever fascinated by the deep roots of American music. Using found wood, garage sale brushes, wayward power tools and donated paint, he creates portraits of the great bluesmen, jazz saints and folk pioneers—frequently in flames, sometimes surrounded by a swirl of words and occasionally drilled into oblivion.
His work—often defined as outsider—has been shown side by side with R. Crumb, Howard Finster, R A Miller, J.D. Sipe and Missionary Mary Proctor. Eck’s visual art has also been featured on recordings by New Shiny Things and Streetcorner Holler.
"I hope the images encourage people to explore the secret language of our American music,'' he says. "Something of our souls is locked in the old songs and the old sounds. If we, as citizens and listeners, lose touch with that, then we have lost touch with a part of ourselves and our collective past."
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