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John Mellencamp

American, b. 1951

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John Mellencamp

American, b. 1951

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American populist songwriter John Mellencamp is also an accomplished painter. After attending the Art Students League in New York in the 1980s, Mellencamp developed a style that fuses the aesthetic approaches of the German expressionists Max Beckmann and Otto Dix with that of American neo-expressionists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente. His oil paintings combine portraits of everyday Americans with a cast of universally recognized symbols—hearts, guitars, targets, and crowns—and words such as “dreams,” “blues,” and “freedom.”

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American populist songwriter John Mellencamp is also an accomplished painter. After attending the Art Students League in New York in the 1980s, Mellencamp developed a style that fuses the aesthetic approaches of the German expressionists Max Beckmann and Otto Dix with that of American neo-expressionists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente. His oil paintings combine portraits of everyday Americans with a cast of universally recognized symbols—hearts, guitars, targets, and crowns—and words such as “dreams,” “blues,” and “freedom.”

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Articles Featuring John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp Does Not Care What You Think of His Art
Oct 16th, 2015
John Mellencamp Does Not Care What You Think of His Art
Factory Workers, Black Power, and Jaded Youth in “Social Art in America: Then and Now” at ACA Galleries
May 18th, 2014
Factory Workers, Black Power, and Jaded Youth in “Social Art in America: Then and Now” at ACA Galleries
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