Erik Bakke

Russell City Country Club, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 40 x 30 inches.

Russell City, a part of Hayward, California where African-American WWII industry workers once lived and where blues clubs thrived, is now defunct--taken over through eminent domain in 1964. This painting is one of a series of works about Russell City. It takes its title from a blues club in Russell City where well known blues acts played. Like other clubs in the area, the 7-Up sign was an indicator that music and alcohol could be had inside. The second image is a digital image of the same theme used as a mock-up for the painting