Elton John’s lyricist brings his art work to Vancouver for the first time

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To coincide with Elton John’s final world tour, visual artist and lyricist Bernie Taupin has also hit the road and is bringing with him 25 original works created as a tribute to his 50-year partnership with the musical superstar.

Reflections: The Art of Bernie Taupin is on display at the Fairmont Pacific Rim until Oct. 6. Photo Fairmont Pacific Rim

Taupin’s art is inspired by the many hit songs the two created together over five decades. Included in that impressive library of top-charting songs are “Tiny Dancer,” “Candle in the Wind,” “The Bitch is Back,” “Rocket Man” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” which also happens to be the name of John’s farewell tour.

The Fairmont Pacific Rim has been long know for its intriguing and thought-provoking art exhibits and its support of local musicians. Photo Fairmont Pacific Rim

Visitors and guests can see the works on display in the hotel’s lobby — the Fairmont Pacific Rim has been a long-time supporter of the arts and artists.

Additional works on the second floor will make up a gallery wall collection, including a mixture of original artwork, limited edition prints and monotype pieces, all inspired by Taupin’s song writing.

All pieces are available for purchase, with autographed limited edition prints starting at $2,500 CAD.

Meanwhile the Lobby Lounge is getting in on the spirit of this rare occasion with a series of special cocktails, including the “Leaving Oz,” which includes ice stamped with the signature piano, or the “Crocodile,” that pays homage to the pair’s famous hit, “Crocodile Rock.” The cocktails are inspired by Taupin’s art work.

Taupin reflected on his long-time friend and writing partner Elton John.

“I spend most of my free time creating visual art now, so I decided to create a body of work in honor of my other body of work, just this once,” Taupin said in a news release.

“Fifty years of creativity. Fifty years of passion. Fifty years of friendship. As Elton embarks on his final world tour, I’ve been presented with many opportunities to reflect on our musical career. But how do I feel about our biggest hits? How do I interpret them as I reflect upon the last 50 years of my professional life? How would I translate them…visually?

Taupin noted fans often share stories with him about the way his lyrics and Elton’s melodies have shaped and changed their lives in dramatic.

“How can I possibly express my gratitude to the millions of fans who have impacted my life? These especially crafted works of art are my best effort and I am so pleased to share this very personal art with you.”

Reflections: The Art of Bernie Taupin is on display at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, now through Oct. 6.

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