Art in Alternative Spaces


Roots of Rock

A solo exhibition of mixed media art by Chicago artist/musician Rick "Fish" Janes

on exhibition at Apollo Theater, 2540 North Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL

Artist Reception:  Fri. Oct. 16, 2009 (5-7pm)

View the exhibition in the Apollo Theater lobby during box office and performance hours:

Mon - Tues (10 am - 6 pm); Wed - Fri (10 am - 8 pm); Saturdays (10 am - 8 pm) and Sundays (11 am - 4 pm). 

In complement to the new hit musical  Million Dollar Quartet!


Roots of Rock  Mixed Media  24 x 24"

Detailed Images

Big Bill


Little Walter


Lead Belly


Jimmy Reed





Million Dollar Quartet  Mixed Media   24 x 20"

Million Dollar Quartet


Million Dollar Quartet


Million Dollar Quartet  (Detail)

Million Dollar Quartet  (Detail)

Million Dollar Quartet  (Detail)



Spaceman Elvis 1956   Mixed Media   19 x 31"


Jerry Lee...With Nuts   Mixed Media   22" X 28"

Charlie Christian   Mixed Media   25 x 36"


Little Robert Johnson

Mixed Media w/Guitar (details shown)   31" x 48"


Mr. Bluesman    Mixed Media w/Harmonica   24 x 48"


Cleanhead   Mixed Media  28 x 22"


BB King   Mixed Media   11 x 14"

Fishzilla    Mixed Media w Found Objects & Edward Hopper Cuts   27 x 26"





From the 1970s to the present, his illustrations and cartoons have appeared in publications as diverse as in-flight magazines for Continental & United Airlines, The Chicago Blues Review, and the Benchley's Jazz Club newsletter, as well as in advertising for The U.S. Blues Brothers Bar, Destination Publications, and other companies. His artwork has been featured on album and CD covers for various performers, including The Prediktors, Mick Scott, William Purvis & the Seventh Sons, Val Leventhal and others. For ten years beginning in 1982, he provided a monthly color poster for the U.S. Blues Brothers Bar in Chicago and, since 1993, has created a monthly events calendar for the Gallery Cabaret in Chicago. His 3-dimensional constructions and other artwork have appeared in shows at the Gallery Cabaret, as well as in art exhibits at Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago; the Northlight Center for the Arts in Skokie, Illinois, and the Goodman Theater in Chicago; the last three exhibitions presented by Anatomically Correct. In 2008, he was part of two group shows at Blue Line Studios in Chicago. In 2006, an image of his 3-D relief construction "Mr. Bluesman" was selected as the cover illustration for a sheet music collection published in the U.K. 



Under the nickname 'Fish,' Rick has been a guitarist and singer with a number of groups since 1967, including The Looking Glass Blues Band, The Ezra Quantine Blues Band, Mountain Bus, Jeanne Carroll & the Night Owls, The Wild Child Butler Blues Band, The Wildman Band, Miasma, The Val-Pack, and, currently, Fish & the Bluefins. From 1982 to 1992, he hosted the Wednesday Open Mic at the U.S. Blues Brothers Bar in Chicago, and, since 1993, has hosted the Tuesday Blues Jam at the Gallery Cabaret in Chicago. Most recently, his guitar work has been featured on Val Leventhal's "Roots & Flowers" CD. He has performed in venues ranging from the World Teenage Fair at McCormick Place, Chicago (1967), to the The Chicago Peace Fest (2007), as well as blues and jazz clubs too numerous to mention. Lost in America Records is producing an album of his original music set for release in 2009, and Dimension One Records is planning a CD retrospective of his guitar work from the 1960s to the present, also for release next year.

Founded in 1991, Anatomically Correct is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to showcasing works by artists in alternative spaces in a combined effort to educate, diversify, and promote community awareness of the visual and performing arts.     This project is sponsored in part by the Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs Program I grant, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.