FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2013
Contact: Ryan Cross
It is with great sadness that the Republican Party of Louisiana extends its condolences to the family of Louisiana artist George Rodrigue.
Mr. Rodrigue was Artist-Lauriate of the state of Louisiana, and his life and legacy have become woven into the fabric of our state.
Mr. Rodrigue was a close friend of the Republican Party of Louisiana. We are honored and blessed to have worked closely with him and the Rodrigue Foundation for many years.
Mr. Rodrigue, a native of New Iberia, painted portraits of governors and presidents. His artwork coined the term “Blue Dog Democrats,” who were conservative Democrats from the southern United States who opposed their party by standing up for the beliefs of those they represented.
Mr. Rodrigue’s famous “Blue Dog” paintings expressed his love for his dear canine friend, Tiffany, and were featured in numerous movies and television programs. The image has become a staple of the Louisiana landscape.
“It is with deepest sympathy that we reflect on the life and contributions to the state of Louisiana made by George Rodrigue,” LAGOP Chairman Roger Villere said. “His legacy will be remembered in our hearts. We truly admire his passion for Louisiana. I personally enjoyed working with him as a member of the Bicentennial Commission to select the official state poster for the bicentennial. I am honored to have called Mr. Rodrigue a friend,” Villere said.
“Mr. George was my close and personal friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Wendy, and his entire family,” LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré said. “The state of Louisiana has lost a cultural hero and his passing brings great sadness to my heart. I will fondly remember Mr. Rodrigue for his love for his family and friends as well as the great state of Louisiana. His devotion to youth development through art education will certainly live on through the works of the George Rodrigue Foundation. He was a brilliant philanthropist whose contribution to numerous children’s programs and other charitable causes will truly be missed.”