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Gus Van Sant

Untitled, 2010

Watercolor on paper
52 × 56 1/2 in
132.1 × 143.5 cm
location
New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Central, Hong Kong
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© Gus Van Sant. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.
Gus Van Sant
American, b. 1952
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Best known as the award-winning director of films such as Good Will Hunting and Milk, Gus Van Sant is also a photographer, musician, and painter of figurative watercolors. Van Sant studied painting and cinema, and credits the actor James Franco with nudging him, in recent years, to pick up his paintbrush again. He takes as his subjects photographs of male actors found on the internet, painting portraits of them set against off-white backgrounds. “Paintings and films are really similar—both rely on composition and color and light—and both move in their own ways,” he has said.

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Gus Van Sant
American, b. 1952
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Best known as the award-winning director of films such as Good Will Hunting and Milk, Gus Van Sant is also a photographer, musician, and painter of figurative watercolors. Van Sant studied painting and cinema, and credits the actor James Franco with nudging him, in recent years, to pick up his paintbrush again. He takes as his subjects photographs of male actors found on the internet, painting portraits of them set against off-white backgrounds. “Paintings and films are really similar—both rely on composition and color and light—and both move in their own ways,” he has said.

Gus Van Sant

Untitled, 2010

Watercolor on paper
52 × 56 1/2 in
132.1 × 143.5 cm
location
New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Central, Hong Kong
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