John Mellencamp, ‘Wanted ’, 2005, ACA Galleries

About John Mellencamp

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.”

American, b. 1951, Seymour, Indiana, based in Bloomington, Indiana