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Interchange – Painter Joel Washington


Watching the Beatles movie “Yellow Submarine” on TV forever changed the life of Joel Washington. Inspired by the film’s psychedelic animation, Washington has spent the last twenty-plus years paying homage to the musical and visual artists who have influenced him. His pop art portraits of Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, and Frank Zappa grace the walls of Bloomington restaurants, the Indiana State Museum, and even a U.S. State Department art exhibition (alongside the works of fellow Hoosiers Robert Indiana and Kurt Vonnegut). In this interview with WFHB’s Will Murphy, Joel reveals a formative story that even his family didn’t know until now.

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