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12/30/2013 - Mellencampís Masterpieces - Champion of the heartland, Farm Aid founder, and accomplished Americana musician, John Mellencamp has been covertly pulling double-duty as a visual artist for more than 20 years. But with his first art museum exhibition at Youngstown, Ohioís Butler Institute of American Art in progress, the spotlight is now shining brightly on 40 of his original oil paintings. Inspired largely by German artists Max Beckmann and Otto Dix, Mellencampís work is emotional and progressive, in keeping with his award-winning music. For Mellencamp, who began his painting career by training with the Art Students League in New York in the late 1980s, inspiration is ubiquitous, and his pieces range from the brazenly political to the intimately personal.

View the 11 selected paintings on Vanity Fair.com

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12/20/2013 - Read Doug McClemont's discussion with John about his paintings on exhibit now at the Butler Institute of American Art until January 12th after the jump. Here are some excerpts: " the person who convinced Mellencamp to first consider showing the paintings was fellow music-icon-turned-professional-artist Bob Dylan, who cajoled his friend into taking the leap during a visit to Mellencampís Indiana home.,,"

"the conversation always turns back to the troubled environment and the woes of humanity such as racism and poverty..." Read More
11/03/2013 - Read Guy D'Astolfo of Vindy.com complete interview with John at the Butler Museum after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "his desire to paint never went away..."

"Painting became a second outlet for his creativity..."

View a slide show of John Mellencamp at The Butler

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