The holidays are over, and the Blue Dog is ready to laissez les bons temps rouler with the George Rodrigue estate’s release of the silkscreen print “Mardi Gras 2015.”
The print was released Monday, the day before the official opening of Mardi Gras season on Tuesday, also known as Twelfth Night.
It is the fifth print released by the artist’s studio since George Rodrigue’s death on Dec. 14, 2013, and features a facial portrait of Rodrigue’s trademark Blue Dog painted half-green with a yellow snout, wearing a purple Mardi Gras mask.
“We want people to get into the spirit of Mardi Gras,” Jacques Rodrigue, the artist’s son, said Monday. “I’ve been keeping up with the sales on the website, and a third of them have already been sold. So, people are definitely in the spirit of the season.”
Rodrigue is house counsel for Rodrigue Studio, which is selling the print. He also is executive director of the George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts.
“The estate released four prints last year, so that’s what we’ll probably release this year,” he said. “We’re comfortable with that number.”
The print has been released in a limited edition of 450 at an introductory price of $650 each. The price is subject to change without notice.
Each print bears a 1.5-by-3-inch propriety ink stamp created by the estate, whose one-of-a-kind formula includes several security measures that guarantee authenticity. The estate screens the stamp directly onto the prints, its ink appearing black to the naked eye, purple in fluorescent light and green in infrared light.
“Dad made the original painting in June 2013,” Rodrigue said. “We were so overwhelmed by the success of last year’s ‘Mardi Gras 2014’ silkscreen print, which sold out in just five days.”
“Mardi Gras 2015” is the continuation of a series of annual Mardi Gras works George Rodrigue began in 1991.
“My family and I are happy that we can continue to release these prints that Dad designed and intended to be enjoyed by his fans and collectors,” Rodrigue said.