John Mellencamp's paintings are on display in New York. The Indiana-born rock legend is about to open an exhibit of original paintings and assemblages at a New York art gallery. 25 of Mellencamp's works will be on display at New York's ACA Galleries starting this week, for an exhibit marking the 10th anniversary of his Life, Death, Love and Freedom album.
Mellencamp says painting is "a way for me to be by myself" while on the road. He says he painted for a long time before he even considered showing them to the public. Mellencamp's first public art show was with jazz legend Miles Davis, back in 1989.
John Mellencamp brings rock’n’roll (and his paintings) to Chelsea THE ART NEWSPAPER Did you know that the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame musician John Mellencamp has been a keen painter since the 1970s, before he churned out hits including Hurts So Good and Jack & Diane? Mellencamp, who spent time at New York’s Art Students League (and who goes without his erstwhile moniker Cougar in this context), has a solo show at the American Contemporary Art Gallery in New York this month (26 April-2 June). His new paintings and mixed-media works often have quintessentially US cultural references, such as James Dean and the Marlboro Man, but they also reveal the influence of early 20th-century German painters including Otto Dix, shown in Mellencamp’s rendering of faces. Meanwhile, the show’s title—Life, Death, Love and Freedom—is pretty rock’n’roll. #artnews #nyexhibit #painting #artistsoninstagram #mellencamp #acagallery @acagalleries1932