John Mellencamp: Expressionist

John Mellencamp: Expressionist

Exhibition: September 20 – November 18, 2018

John Mellencamp: Expressionist is an exhibition of the most recent art works from the multi-expressional, creative spirit of legendary musician, long-time activist and accomplished painter, John Mellencamp. Though known primarily for his music, Mellencamp has seriously pursued painting for more than 35 years. He has evolved his style with an approach using color, free interpretation and strong brushwork, to create highly expressionistic imagery that successfully relays his concept. Mellencamp’s work is inspired by the same sources as his music and extends the rich American tradition of creating art which deals with wide ranging issues.

It would be fair to term John Mellencamp’s work Neo Expressionistic since his paintings are a return to the emotionally based applications brought forth by German Expressionism, Fauvism and Abstract Expressionism. His paintings are rich in spellbinding imagery enriched by his understanding of visual organization and the power of color. A full-color catalog accompanies this exhibition and will be available for purchase through The Butler Museum Store.

A PRIVATE artist reception exclusively for Butler members will be held to celebrate the opening of this exhibition. Anyone with an active membership prior to September 1 of 2018 will receive invitations via mail and must make reservations to attend.John Mellencamp, Fairmount, 2017. Mixed media on plywood, 48″ x 35″.