Ruby Forma by Jason Newsted
Jason Newsted played bass guitar with the influential heavy metal band Metallica from 1986-2001. In 2005, while healing from multiple shoulder surgeries and looking for another creative outlet, Newsted began experimenting with drawing and painting. He began exhibiting his artwork a year later.
Paintings by Jason Newsted are currently on exhibit at Micaëla Gallery in San Francisco.
In an interview with SF Weekly at the exhibit, Newsted said:
“There are some people who are not going to like what I do, and they already made up their minds beforehand,” he says. “They see another musician who paints, or another writer who paints. That’s fine. I saw some people making fun of the paintings tonight, but it didn’t bother me. I don’t want everyone to like my stuff.”
“It’s just like the music. There are a lot of painters, and a lot of musicians. But you’ve got to be good. You have to be. I’ve convinced myself that this is a good idea, and the positive vibrations I’ve felt tell me I made the right decision.”
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