John Mellencamp, American Boy and Girl, 2013, Oil on canvas, 34” x 38”
(Photo by Joseph P. Rudinec)
The Paintings of John Mellencamp, an exhibition of original paintings by singer-songwriter, actor John Mellencamp, will be presented at The Museum of Art in DeLand, Florida. The exhibition will feature approximately 40 oil and mixed media paintings.
Mellencamp’s interest in painting began as a child growing up in Seymour, Indiana, influenced by his mother who painted with oils. He studied at New York City’s Art Students League with portrait painter David Leffel until his music career began to take off in the 1980s. However, Mellencamp has continued painting throughout his musical career.
“John Mellencamp’s subject matter is of human existence painted as simply, starkly and fully as he himself experienced it,” said Museum of Art – DeLand CEO George Bolge. “Art is not merely something he uses to clarify his position or to give point to his vision of life, it’s the very substance of who he is and what he wants to say.”
The exhibition will open Friday, October 10, 2014 and continues until December 28, 2014. Following the DeLand, Florida showing, the exhibition will travel to the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, where it will be on view from January 11 through April 12, 2015.
In 1991, John Mellencamp established the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in his birthplace Seymour, Indiana. The mission of the center is: “to provide art education and enjoyment to the surrounding communities, both in a gallery and studio environment and to draw the attention of the state and surrounding states to the area of Jackson County as an art conscious region.” According to their website, “It is John’s desire that the Art Center not be a Mellencamp thing. He furnishes the house and property with the philosophy that if the region wants an art center, it will support it.” The center has one room reserved for John Mellencamp’s paintings.
In 1998 John Mellencamp published a book of his paintings titled Mellencamp: Paintings and Reflections.
For more information about John Mellencamp and to see more images of his artwork visit http://www.mellencamp.com/.
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The Paintings of John Mellencamp (July 21, 2013)